Recently, I was told by someone in my past career that there was no redeeming value to reading fiction because it has no basis in truth. He asked me, why read something that never happened?
To say a fictitious story is about something that has never happened is a blanket statement and untrue. In my book, The Catalyst, the main character and a secondary character have been raped. It is true that there are women who have been raped, and I depicted the reactions of my characters to the occurrences that transpired as accurately as possible. To do this, I spoke with an ex-detective for the Kansas City Police Department.
My story is set in the Mid-West surrounding the riverboat gambling casino industry. I worked for a casino for nine months to research the daily operation. Much of the information had to be left out because the story is about the characters and not the casinos. What is there, I believe is fairly accurate, but it’s still a work of fiction, and I wouldn’t want it any other way for a number of reasons.
My second book, Addiction, is about a recovering alcoholic. There are real people who are abusive drinkers. I made the character in Addiction as realistic as I could with the help of people more knowledgeable than I am. This story is also about a serial killer. We have all read the headlines or watched the news about these types of murderers. The one in my book may not be real, but he is realistic.
Most fiction authors write about real life, and since we do, our readers have to be able to relate to our characters. I once wrote about a true happening, and I was told by an author leave it out because it was too unbelievable.
Now, you tell me if you read fiction, non-fiction or both, and which you prefer. As a reader, I’ve read both. Even in non-fiction not everyone agrees about the events. I will look forward to reading your comments.
Have a great week.