Truth In Fiction — What truths are you trying to share?

It’s Wednesday which means it’s my day to post on the TRUTH vs FICTION BLOG HOP. My thanks to our lovely host Christian Frey who arranged the hop (Dec. 17-21, 2012). ChristianFrey.ca  if you want to link),

Instead of tackling Truth vs Fiction, I want to talk about Truth IN Fiction.

I think that most writers explore their own truths in their work, whether it’s a belief in true love, the evil of pedophiles, or that life exists beyond Earth.

I wouldn’t presume to speak for anyone else, but I can give you some examples of the truths I reveal through my own writing.

If you know that my books feature a hitwoman who talks to animals, you may be thinking I’m even more neurotic than Maggie, but bear with me.

What happens in fiction: Maggie kills people for money.

My truth: I think/hope/believe that people will go to extraordinary lengths for those they love.

Maggie isn’t a cold-hearted killer. She fell into her new career as a way to pay for her niece’s medical care.

What happens in fiction: Maggie’s family is nuts (her mother certifiably so) but they come through for each other in a pinch.

My truth: Most of us have at least some dysfunctional/wacky family members, but when the chips are down they can surprise us. (Hopefully!)

Maggie’s aunts drive her crazy, but they love her and each tries to help in their own bizarre ways.

What happens in fiction: A run-in with a chocolate-pudding-loving mobster changes the path of Maggie’s life.

My truth: Interactions with strangers change our lives. Don’t believe me? Your significant other was once a stranger, as were your best friend, your boss, and the person who first recognized your potential.

Tony/Anthony Delveccio (no one can tell the identical twins apart, not even the Feds!) offered Maggie her first contract assassination after she saved the life of Delveccio’s grandson. (Only she, and Patrick, her murder mentor/cop know that she did it by performing “Stop! Drop! And Roll!”)

What happens in fiction: Maggie talks to a snarky lizard, who sounds suspiciously like Severus Snape from the Harry Potter movies.

My truth: Sounding boards and Supporters show up in the most unexpected places.

Maggie needs to talk out her crazy life with someone, otherwise she’s go crazy. Godzilla (who prefers to go by “God” for short) listens, supports, berates, complains and is snarkily sarcastic, but he’s there for her….not that he has much choice since he lives in a terrarium…

What truths of YOURS do you like to explore as a reader or writer of fiction?

You can check out a new post by a different author every day this week on the topic of Truth vs Fiction.

To see a list of participating authors, their posts, and the Twitter conversation that sparked it all, visit http://christianfrey.ca/blog-hop-truth-in-fiction/

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7 thoughts on “Truth In Fiction — What truths are you trying to share?

  1. Great post, JB. And you do an awesome job weaving your truths into the story. They’re there without being heavy-handed or obvious.

    I guess I never thought about truth in fiction much before. I know when I see it, but I don’t seek it out. Maybe that’s why I turn to dystopian fiction so much. The truths I can weave in and the truths I can find – without clubbing someone upset the head with it or being clubbed myself. ;o)

  2. jblynn says:

    B.E. — I’m against clubbing! So is one of the appealing truths of dystopian fiction that it’s possible to start over again??

  3. […] WEDNESDAY: JB Lynn, author of Further Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman, discusses Truth IN Fiction and asks ‘What truths are you trying to share?’ Read Wednesday’s post » […]

  4. J.C. Lillis says:

    Very cool post (and now I want to read your books. . .a talking lizard named Godzilla? Yes, please.) It’s neat to see what happens when your own truths are refracted through the lens of fiction. I wanted to write a story about the therapeutic effect of online fandom (something very close to my heart), and somehow that evolved into a YA novel about two boys falling in love on a road trip to a bunch of sci-fi conventions. I see so much of my own “truth” in there, but it was equally cool to watch them develop lives and thoughts of their own. All the best to you, JB — I’ll be checking out your books!

  5. jblynn says:

    Thanks, J.C.

    Oooh, I love how your story morphed. Very cool that you can see your own truth.

    Keep in touch!

  6. Hi JB, just wanted to pop in and say Hi and Thank you for being part of our Blog Hop!

    I like the last point – Sounding Boards and Supporters show up in the most unexpected places. Ain’t that the truth – it’s always awesome when it happens in real life, and it’s an easy way to add depth to a previously unlikeable character when you’re working in fiction.

    Thanks again!

  7. JB – I think the appealing truth in dystopian is its possible to look ahead and maybe change now. ;o)

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