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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Writer’s honor

Pies & PrejudiceI’m reading Heather Vogel Frederick’s newest book, Pies & Prejudice (Simon & Schuster), the fourth book in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series. The girls are fourteen in this book. Their book club is reading Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice this year and a number of exciting plot developments make this a page-turner.

Near the end of the book, Emma, the girl who has aspirations for becoming a writer, talks with her father, who has just had his first novel published. Emma has had her first short story published in a literary magazine. Each of them have based characters on people they know in real life, which causes a tempest. Professing ignorance that “any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental (from the copyright page of this and every other book in the known universe),” the two, in a quiet moment, confess to each other that they had someone distinct in mind when they created their characters. Father turns to daughter and says, “This will just be our little secret, okay? Writer’s honor?”

Do you often wonder who in the writer’s life inspired a certain character? Every writer I know usually says, “I made up all of my characters.” Um-hmmm. But that’s okay. I’m content to leave it to “writer’s honor.” And still I wonder … how about you? Do you wonder about this, too?

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