Chuck Palahniuk on the author as a character (or not one):

“I sometimes see the heartbreak right in people’s face that they’re not meeting Tyler Durden. It’s one reason I avoid meeting writers I like, when I’m so in love with their characters. I don’t want that character to be negated by the existence of the author. So much of what I do on tour is to mitigate the pain people feel when they realise their favourite character is just a fictional character.” – Chuck Palahniuk.