Have you ever been afraid to write a character because you think everyone will assume you’re writing you? Or maybe you think people will see a strong resemblance to Uncle Fred?
My friend Beth had this to say over at Compuserve
Our characters are not us, nor are they reflections of us. They're more like refractions: ideas that pass through the prism of our experiences, our values, and our perspective on life, and come out differently colored on the other side.
First, lovely imagery. Second, it’s very true. Each of my characters is me and each of my characters is not me. And it's not just characters. As authors we are prisms for ideas, plots, emotions. This is why we can tell the same story over and over yet each new author tells it in a new way.