As I'm retyping and reworking The Thief Book, I've begun to consider which character in the book I most resemble. I don't consciously write myself into stories, and while I joke with my friend that the most irascible character was modeled after her, I'm not in the habit of writing other people into them either. But, it sometimes crosses my mind that I don't really resemble many of my characters.
In The Thief Book, I most generally resemble the antagonist, Prince Leo. It sounds more unflattering than it is.
Leo isn't a villain. He's just a good cop trying to enforce the laws he knows to be morally right. That sounds fair, right? If only that didn't put him at odds with our lovable MC and her friends.
But Leo and I have some things in common, though I'm no one's idea of a good cop, nor am I royalty -- that I know of. Leo and I both like the rules. Yeah, I know, sometimes you need to think outside the box and all that, but there's something to be said for fast rules. Leo believes that some things are right and some things are wrong, and that's just how things go. I've got a more gray area perspective on things, but I can see his point.
He's logical, and a lot of what he says makes sense. I flatter myself that I am just as rational. He's getting in the way of a thief. Yeah, I have to admit, without knowing any particulars, I'd be getting in the way of the thief, too.
He loves his family. I think we all do that. He likes his job. I do, too. He gets beaten at chess. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've done that.
So, it's true. In my book, I have most in common with my antagonist. Go figure.
Do you write people you know, or yourself, into your stories? Which of your characters do you think you have the most in common with?