Jenny Freitag posted on her blog about the value of putting yourself into your stories. And it's true.
You probably have seen stories that were too much of a playground of one self-absorbed author-hero. You shook your head over it and told your mother it was written by an amateur.
But you have also seen stories wherein the author bares his soul and it speaks to something deep within your own soul.
There are parts inside of us, no matter where we are from, that are the same. That's why we write stories that we would like to read -- because others will want to read it, too. That's why we write stories from our hearts -- because we give voice to someone else's heart at the same time. The same amount of your true self that you put into a story will call out the same amount of true self from a reader's heart.