About the Author
None of that matters. As a writer, I have a job already - to entertain my readers. That's the minimum requirement. The ultimate achievement is to enthrall, beguile and compel them to want to keep on reading my words.
A fiction author uses words and order to create a sketch; a framework for the reader's imagination to fill-in and give color to an imaginary scene. The background and experiences of the author should have minimal bearing on this two-way creative process. With my fiction, it's 100% about enjoyment.
Everything comes from the imagination: to suggest otherwise would lead people to conclude that someone like a Koontz must surely be a psychopathic killer, or a Wilbur Smith must have killed a thousand lions with his bare hands, or J.K. must have wizards in her garden, to be able to write the incredible works that they create.