Self-portrait, July 4th 2010
I love it when someone reads one of my stories and initially assumes that I'm female. Or a Brazilian miner. Or a grocery store owner. That indicates to me that I've managed to create a convincing fictional narrator based on someone other than myself.
On the other hand, a lot of my most emotional writing is personal and autobiographical. I think my writing is stronger when I write from personal experience, and it is more emotionally satisfying for me to put something out into the world that does reveal something personal about my own life. (My first experience of publishing a short memoir was completely thrilling and terrifying.)
So, I often go back and forth about how much I want to reveal about myself in my stories. Sometimes I want readers to know who I am, and sometimes I like being invisible.
How do you feel? Are YOU important to your stories? Is it important for you to share your own views and thoughts through your fiction?