Writing a Novel. How much is a part of me? Is it really me?

How much of a character or characters in a story are really me? When I write a new story a part of the character or characters carry some of my own characteristics. I guess that can’t be helped. We writers always put some of our feelings into our stories. When you write from your heart that happens.

If you have read any of my books you may see what I mean. In my latest novel, Lubelia Alycea, I put not only some of my grandmother in it but also a little of me. I am the narrator in the present time while my grandmother narrates the past. Most of the incidents are figments of my overwrought imagination.

I don’t always agree with my protagonists in everything that they say or do. I am a pantser (write by the seat of my pants) and let my characters take over the story. They have their own ideas and sometimes I have to rein them in before they get out of control.

As I write each book I feel for each character as they go through tragedy and strive.

These promos below are done by Theodocia McLean of Book Marketing Global Network. She works tirelessly to promote my books. Her hard work is appreciated. Here is the link to my page there.

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

In Lubelia Alycea I felt the pain that my Avoa went through each time she lost someone she loved.

Lubelia Alycea – One Hundred Years – promo created by Theodocia McLean – Book Marketing Global Network

In A Second – I laughed at the antics of Gramma Grace and felt the fear along with Athena of being followed.

In A Second – promo by BMGN

In Hunting Mariah I felt the terror that Mariah experienced when she was being hunted.

Hunting Mariah – promo created by BMGN

In How Far is Heaven I suffered along with Priscilla when her husband disappeared and cried when her daughter went missing.

How Far Is Heaven – promo by BMGN

In Mariah’s Revenge – I felt the power of turning the tide on one who is evil.

Mariah’s Revenge – promo by BMGN

In An Angel Among Us – I felt many different emotions from the eclectic mix of stories especially sadness over the death of my friend, Anne, who inspired the title of the book and the first story.

An Angel Among Us – promo by BMGN

When I write I put my heart and soul into each story. I feel so many emotions at times that I am overwhelmed and have to take a break. I have never written a memoir because I don’t think I can bare my soul any more than I already do in my stories.

I have tried to mix things up a bit by writing in multi-genres. My next genre will be Fantasy. The one thing that I will not do is use vulgar language or sexually explicit material. There may be material in my novels though that is unsuitable to those younger than 18+.

There are plenty of books for all readers PS-Grade 3, MG/PT/YA and 18+.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends – PS-Grade 3promo by BMGN
Children’s books PS-Grade 3 – promo created by John Spina

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6promo by BMGN
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-6 – promo by John Spina

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Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!










About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Writing a Novel. How much is a part of me? Is it really me?

  1. Hi Janice, a lot of our own characteristics come out in our characters when we write. I do agree that if this wasn’t the case, our writing wouldn’t ring true as we wouldn’t be writing what we know.

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