Characters in any genre need to have skills that contribute to their purpose in the story. That could come from their profession or even a hobby. Whether it’s a cop in a mystery or a field medic on a medieval battlefield, there are things authors can learn from modern experts to develop realistic characters. This month, Ley and Leigh sit down with experts in fields from biochemistry to journalism and talk about important aspects of those skills authors should know.
Especially in the mystery or police procedural genres, journalists are a very common character. The actual job, though, is not all it appears in popular media. We invited Julia Avery, a local journalist, to join us in this episode to talk about her job, what it takes, and how that knowledge can be applied to writing a journalist character.
First aired September 10, 2020.