I’ve had trust issues for a long time, every since I lived with my nationalistic and anti-autistic room mate. Who is ironically as autistic as me.
Is it natural for things you have experienced to carry over into the fiction one writes? I know my favorite female author was an interesting case. (She didn’t just do middle grade, she was also a journalist and travelled a lot. Wore jeans in the 1930s.)
But I guess, with all the advice against using “self-inserts” (I’m not even really sure what that means to be honest.) I got the impression that wasn’t good practice.
But this always happens, in particular when referencing events that are familiar to me, when I’m writing contemporary fiction in particular.
Although I’ve tried contemporary, they always end up … as Magical Realism trying to be Science Fiction, and failing miserably.