"The person who wrote this is disgusting!"
Basically, people might think your writing sucks, but to take personal offense by it to the point that they think you're nothing but a rotten human being is worse, and what I fear.
Honestly, I worry about this too sometimes. People do have the unfortunate tendency to identify a creator by what they create. But you know, it isn't worth sweating over too much.
Readers don't know you as a person. If they want to make a judgement call about you based off what you write, they are demonstrating a sense of shallowness that renders their judgement somewhat suspect.
I only judge authors when they go on record as saying that their writing reflects their beliefs (Stephanie Meyer, take a bow). Otherwise, I'll levy my criticism at what I know - which is their work. And since they put it out for public consumption I figure that's fair game.
Death of the Author
is a perfectly valid concept. When you put a story out for public consumption, you accept that the audience is going to picture something other than what you did - that's human nature really, and we as creators ought not to fight it. On the other hand, people shouldn't assume that we act as our characters do, or feel as they do, unless we as people
give them some sign that we actually do.
If stupid people want to confuse an author with his work, that's their problem. Mark them as stupid and move on. It's what I plan to do.
That's fair game as well, as far as I'm concerned.