I think all authors put a piece of themselves into their characters. But when Painted Black’s main character Jo Sullivan did an interview recently at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews, there are a number of things she said like the quote below that make me realize how true that is.
Tell us how you became a journalist and what you like about your job with Winds of Change?
Wow, was I surprised by how the change of jobs has changed me. It started as just another step in my career, you know? In addition to covering the cop beat and other stories assigned to me, they wanted me to continue a column they had called Street Stories. The purpose of the column was to make street people visible as human beings, instead of the scourge of society like so many people think. Each story focuses on one individual person, and I found that by writing them, I started focusing on the individual person. They weren’t just stories anymore; they were the vet who got brain damaged by an IED, or the teenager who got kicked out because the family couldn’t afford to feed her anymore.