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.
Part of being an author is knowing where to go for advice. If you are writing anything about a real-world profession or area or expertise, it’s best to find someone in that sphere to go to for advice. The guest on this episode is Megan Browning, a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry at the University of Utah. She is also the person Leigh turned to when writing a scientist character in her upcoming novel. She and Leigh talk with Megan about what Biochemistry is about, how it can be used in fiction, and why it’s important to get the details correct.
First aired September 14, 2020.