The places in the book are places I frequented. There are stories in the book that have truths in them that are changed to be more interesting and to fit into the story. The girlfriends are what worry me the most. I have combined familiar locations with imagination to create the girls and just pray that past girlfriends will not see themselves in the characters. I especially hope my wife, who supports my writing career like no other, will not feel betrayed by my imagination and think the words relate to real people. The girls I am making are mostly, purely imagination.
Which brings me to a dilemma all writers may have. My first book centered around cops. There was foul language, murder, and I am sure if I had time to think, a bunch of other actions and habits that I don’t personally adhere to. I had one lady tell me after reading it, “I just don’t talk like that.” She was commenting on the cursing. I told her that I understood. After she walked away, I got to thinking. I don’t act like most all of the people I read about. I don’t kill people. I don’t commit adultery. I rarely use foul language. Just because one of my characters smokes a cigarette does not mean that I love cigarettes and advocate the use of tobacco. I wish I had that moment to do again. I would have answered differently. I would have said, “I hope you don’t murder people either, ma’am.”