Truth in Fiction

Updated: Aug 31

"I’m Writing Fiction." What exactly does that mean? There are a lot of interpretations of fiction and legal definitions as well. Still, fiction writers are often asked if their work is autobiographical. I put together a cheeky little reply and I hope you'll get a laugh as you read my fantasy "Fiction Disclaimer."


I can hear the wheels turning and people wondering, is this character based on me? The tune, “You’re So Vain,” is playing in my head, a silent and unstoppable loop. No, the character is not based on you. Most of my characters are based on multiple “real” people, a made up one and are exaggerated into the exact person I need for the story.


I write fiction. The plots are a product of my imagination. Do I use places I’ve visited or experiences I’m familiar with? Sometimes, yes. A story is more authentic when the writer can, not just visualize, but be immersed in the situation. Although locations are real, that doesn’t mean any of it happened, or that it happened in the way depicted in my story.

If after reading my work these questions remain, I shall take it as a compliment. For if you see yourself as one of the characters, or believe a story to be true, I have not only done my job, but I’ve done it well. Thank you for your vanity, your fascination, for hating and buying my work. You can’t make fun of it, until you’ve read it. Besides, don’t you want to discover if I wrote about you?


Now for the legal way to say it…


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. #fiction #truthisstrangerthanfiction #hollymanno #hollymanno.com #books #blog #publishing #writing #reading #comingsoon #bestseller #ivy #brickwall #carlysimon #anchorofgold #lovetest #pushed #novel


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