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I write fiction, it’s not real but perhaps it’s a version of reality

Jan Carson


As her latest novel is published, the bestselling writer discusses the benefits that arise from exploring a difficult issue through a fictional lens

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The Raptures by Jan Carson

The Raptures by Jan Carson

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Jan Carson

Eventually every fiction writer will be asked if her work is based upon real life. If she’s lucky the question will be a general one. “So where do you get your ideas from? Do you write about stuff that actually happened to you?”

Occasionally, however, she’ll be cornered by an animated reader who insists that a character is based on them, or that her fictional setting is actually the small town they grew up in. It rarely is. Most peoples’ perception of themselves is wildly different from reality. Write them up in scathing detail and they never recognise themselves.


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