Autobiographical bits sometimes sneak into stories. What part of your novel would no one guess is autobiographical?
"I'd almost rather not say. Some aspects of the story happened in real life, and those things may well be false, or twisted, or just seen through my point of view and not how anyone else would remember them at all. Point being, if I tell anyone what incidents in the novel were drawn from personal experience, that dulls and fades and devalues the ones that weren't, and that's just a no-win situation for everybody. Either the whole story's true or it's not, and that's a deliberate choice of words: I don't think we best read fiction for fact. We best read it for truth." - Leah Bobet, author of Above.
"There are bits of me in many of the characters, probably all of the characters, but unless I’m deluding myself, there’s nothing specifically autobiographical in Where It Began. In terms of the specifics. In terms of the feelings, that’s another matter – having been in love for the first time, loved unwisely, had loyal friends, had sex for the first time, undervalued what I was good at, felt invisible, felt simultaneous sub-regular and vastly more insightful than the entire population of planet earth, having felt as if I was making it up as I went along…yeah, I’ve been there." - Ann Stampler, author of Where It Began.