Sodaro's Stories

June 20, 2016

30 days of blogs: Author things — alternate realities

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:47 am
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I felt this was a fitting one for today. Some of you will understand why…but as I am not an air-er of dirty laundry, we will just leave it at that…

One of the things I look at when I am writing, is to not make my novels too autobiographical. Of course there is going to be parts of me and my life in there just as there are going to be parts of other people I know in there. It’s a fact of a writer’s life that anything is fair game (which people should really keep in mind when dealing with me and my friends…).

I often look at my relationships and friendships and family-ships and make sure that my books don’t come off sounding like an autobiography or memoir. I might make a relationship better or worse than I have known in reality because I don’t want my life to be known by everyone. Some people know the truth of the situation and that is fine…some people don’t need to know and that is also fine.

I think about it on holidays because I especially want to write about experiences like mine and then as far removed from mine as you can get. That’s why it’s called fiction, my dear friends.


December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 1:12 pm
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I don’t get upset when people say “Happy Holidays.” I don’t get upset when people say “Merry Christmas” either. I don’t get upset when people wish me “Season’s Greetings” any more than I would be upset if they said “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Kwanzaa.” Why does it matter what I celebrate? If people want to wish me good tidings, you better believe I am going to take those good tidings and the happiness that goes along with them. I know people get offended by this. I don’t. I am simply happy that someone is wishing me happiness.

It’s a strange world we live in right now. Words have always been powerful (I am an author, and I know how powerful words can be). But people are getting so offended by things and I just shake my head at some of it. If someone says “Happy Holidays” it doesn’t mean they don’t love God, it doesn’t mean they are anti-Christmas…to me it just means there are A LOT of holidays going on right now. It also means they want you to have happiness at a time of year where there are statistically more suicides than any other time of the year. To me that is not a bad thing at all…to me that is kindness, and if you ask me, the world could use more kindness.

I think about this as an author quite a bit. I try to keep my feelings about holidays from being reflected in all of my Characters. Valentine’s Day is one I especially watch because while I prefer my loved one to celebrate his love for me not just when Hallmark tells him to, that is just me. I intentionally make some of my characters like Valentine’s Day. Same with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July (which causes me anxiety to the point I can’t enjoy fireworks), etc. I do the same with Christmas time. I want my characters to be celebrating humanity. Celebrating each other. I want them to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa…whatever fits the story…but I also want them to wish happiness on others…because to me, that is what this season (whatever you call it) is all about. A reminder for us to wish happiness for our fellow man.

Whatever you celebrate…whatever you believe…I wish you peace and happiness as we close out yet another year.


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