I am not so well-known as to get requests from readers to have their names and love stories used for my manuscripts. But I have had my share. And always, I would say, best effort po. Bahala na. I can’t commit.
Why is that, you ask?
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one. – Salman Rushdie (Indian-born British Author)
I’m the type of writer who cannot impose on my characters. They choose their names, they choose who they want for a partner, they choose their plot, they choose their lives.
If I insist on what I want, I will end up just staring at my manuscript, not knowing how to proceed because my #@*%&!!! hero and/or heroine is/are glaring at me for giving them outrageous and/or hideous (alam niyo, OA kayo eh) names/partners/jobs.
So, while I will not discourage my readers from asking, and while I will keep saying, sige, try natin to any and all requests, please also understand why there is a bigger possibility that you will not ever end up in my manuscript. Those who do are special.
They were chosen.