I just started reading a new YA book, and on the second or third page... there was my name in black and white...
My name is common enough that there are about a million different spellings for it, but uncommon enough that I've never seen my exact spelling in a book before. Actually, I've seen a lot of YA authors with versions of my name...
So, what kind of character did *I* show up as?
Apparently a really ditzy cheerleader :D Surprisingly (and thankfully) not a ditzy blonde cheerleader, 'cause that's so overdone... like the bitchy blonde character that always seems to show up in YA to hassle the heroine.*
But I had a good laugh over that.
When I write, I try to never use names of people I know in real life, but I know there are people out there with names like Simon, Triss, etc. Every once in a while, I wonder what they'll feel like if they ever saw their name associated with one of my characters.
Have you ever found your name in a book? How did you feel seeing your name in print? Were the characters in anyway similar to you, or completely off the map?
*Okay, I just finished reading the book (yeah, I'm a fast reader) and she's not only ditzy, she's a horrible, irredeemably gossipy bitch. All-in-all, it was pretty funny :)