I haven't been able to write a good introduction to this week's question, so I will skip straight to the question itself:
How much can we know about the author herself based on the content of the book?
People often make assumptions based on a book’s content about what the book’s author is like. I once read a magazine article where a journalist was devastated when she went to interview an author and found out his book was not at all what she’d thought it was about when she read it. She had thought it was an argument against child abuse; he hadn’t intended there to be any message about child abuse in it at all. Other times, people think that if an artist or writer creates disturbing work, she must be disturbed herself. What is it safe to assume about an author based on her work? Does the book tell us nothing about the author? Does an author’s personality shine through in the book?
Last Week’s Question What is the recipe for good historical fiction?
You can read answers at Tea Cozy, Becky’s Book Reviews, Bri Meets Books, and Charlotte’s Library. Thanks as always to those of you who linked the question. If I’ve missed your answer, please let me know!
Special thanks this week to Elaine Magliaro of Wild Rose Reader for dedicating her lovely poem GIRAFFE to me!