Corra McFaddon, who blogs at From the Desk of a Historical Writer, replied:
Yep, definitely. And I didn't do it on purpose. It's as if one character filled in the holes of the other - like they knew to move together to create something more balanced. Our characters are ourselves, I reckon. So likely we create in characters who we want to be - and who we really are.So today I ask you, is Corra right? Do we create characters like ourselves? Do we create them with our flaws, or do we create them as our ideal? Do you strive to be the characters you write?
Does he have things I want to have? Yes. He lives in a condo in downtown Nashville, the trendy part of town (though now the waterlogged part). He has no ties--children, wife, family--and therefore has complete freedom. He investigates interesting crimes and digs into history every day. These are things I would enjoy and of which I am probably a bit envious.
Do you write yourself? If you are not a writer, but a reader, can you tell when a book mirrors its writer? Do you like that?
*This is the first of several comment-driven posts. You all spark ideas in me, so keep 'em comin'!