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January 2019: Fact in Fiction
~ Mariposa Cruz ~

CTR asked:

How much of your real life bleeds over into your books? And do you worry that someone will be able to tell the fact from the fiction?

Mariposa Cruz said:

The stories that resonate the most with me as a reader have grounding in reality. Otherwise I have a difficult time identifying with characters or situations who seem too good to be true. I once picked up a novel where the gorgeous heroine had a stellar modeling career, lived in a penthouse in New York City and had the horrible dilemma of having to choose between two equally handsome successful men. I soon put down the book after only reading the first few chapters. While I understand that even young, glamorous, super models residing in penthouses have their own challenges, they aren’t problems I can relate to as a middle-aged, single mom paralegal living in Reno, Nevada.

As a writer I like to craft stories that I’d enjoy reading so I’d say about 50% to 60% of my writing is inspired by my own experiences. People, places and events that make a strong impression on me tend to wind up in my writing. Especially in my Rhythm & Romance series, a few of my favorite dance venues which have been torn down or evolved into something else live on in their original form in my books.

Even though close friends and family know me well enough to read between the lines, for the most part I don’t worry too much about someone discovering the fact in my fiction. Many of my characters are a combination of several different people it would be difficult to trace those traits to the separate sources of inspiration. Even when my life seeps into my work, during the writing process the story takes on a life of its own and the final characters and events bear little resemblance to their real life counterparts. To me the alchemy of fact becoming fiction is part of the magic of writing.


Lovestruck Two Step by Mariposa Cruz cover

Lovestruck Two Step, Rhythm & Romance series, Book 4

[Contemporary Romance]

With her marriage and dance studio wiped out by divorce, Becca Collins reluctantly agrees to teach Two Step lessons at a country bar. Carson Quill isn’t thrilled about spending his Saturday nights playing guitar in a local dive, but a certain dance instructor with long legs and dark curls caught his eye. Does love have a shot in a bar called Last Chance?

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