Nothing wrong with that. What you write has to come from somewhere. Does it make you closer to yourself?
Well, sort of. My thriller evolved out of my love for reading the genre and then me saying "I could write that!" (Easy words, more difficult follow-thru!). I began my writing career after retiring from a profession I loved, clinical pharmacy. So my main character is a clinical pharmacist. My life was just like his EXCEPT for the illegal drugs, the indictments for murder and drug trafficking, his Special Forces background and the global quest to prove his innocence. So, I'm really not much like my protagonist at all, except that I know a lot about his world of pharmaceuticals.
No, but I grew up with people that was like the characters in my novel that had lived in my neighborhood. None of them was in my novel. These Boston Gangsters I knew slighty or have a drink with or just say hello. Helped me to make a back drop for my novel which was fictional of the inderpendent Irish gangsters that united over Boston to be under one umbrella. To be against the Mafia of little Italy a part of Boston and Federal Hill in a another state.
I was a welter weight fighter, I think this is why at times these gangster would send over a drink and be friendly.I didn't know what they were into and didn't want to know. I think this is why people on amazon said that my novel was realistic I got a five star review from five people on amazon. The novel title is The Contractor by Richard Le blanc
No, but the first one was a modern adaption of my parent's courtship and their struggle to get away from her ex and make a better life for themselves from nothing, However, I disguised them so well, even my mother didn't realize it was her story. She loved it and can't stop thinking about it, saying it's so real and won't stop hounding me about getting it published. She was a battered wife, who left her husband for someone so far removed from him, her own father disowned her. My father at the time was a dirt poor, struggling Black jazz musician. But in the story, he's a man who was forced into the sex trade after getting kicked out at 15 years old. By the time he meets "mom", he was too old for pedophiles, and had been working several years as an errand boy for a BDSM Mistress. lol..How's that for a disguise? Maybe someday, fiction is on the back burner for now.
Novel two, came from a very dark place in my life when I had to ask if risking surgery for my daughter with cerebral palsy outweighed the possibility of her ever being able to walk "normally". In "Genni's Box" a father faces the decision that could bring his young daughter back from the limbo of brain death by allowing an artificial intelligence, Genni (he created) to take over his daughter's body, making her a cyborg. A lot of ethical dilemma in the story as well as cooperate greed, I mean, there are a thousand better applications for true artificial intelligence that could serve mankind ( like AI slavery). But.. what gives the story heart is the relationship between , Genni, her "host" and a father who got what he wanted but fears his "baby" turning into a woman before his eyes.
However, my non-fiction inspirational stories are true, unlike the grossly embellished stories recently exposed on 60 minutes:) And of course the daddy of all, "A Million Little Pieces".
But it is nice to talk about books and characters I have loved and still love, so thanks for asking: and stirring memories: )