The practice of inferring information about an author from the habits, conversation or biography of their characters. This is especially marked in relation to first-person, confessional and/or debut novels.
"I just finished playing Authorial Snap with Lindqvist's Let The Right One In. Oskar is such a shoe-in replacement for the author. Wonder if he was bullied as a child too?"
by Ulan Bator III February 16, 2009