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FOR WRITERS AND READERS: Catfishing

Catfishing

FOR WRITERS AND READERS

Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Angel Martinez:

Let’s talk Catfishing – the practice of assuming a fictitious identity in order to pursue relationships with unwitting victims.

Sometimes writers pretend to be entirely different people – creating a fictional life solely for the purpose of sales and/or sympathy.

Just to be clear, we’re not talking about pen names here, which many writers use for totally legitimate reasons.

Instead we’re talking about large scale deceptions – like when a writer pretends to be an abused teenager, or fakes a major illness, or co-opts whole-cloth an identity not their own.

What warning signs do you look for and how do readers and writers protect themselves?

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1 thought on “FOR WRITERS AND READERS: Catfishing”

  1. After getting very swept-up in one writer’s blog (which was more about their personal life than their writing- and to this day I don’t know how much was actually true), I pretty much just steer clear of reading anything about an author’s life.

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