There are lots of interesting tidbits you can find out about me and Painted Black in this interview also just posted today on Thoughtful Reflections. Sylvia Ramsey really gave me some thought provoking questions to answer. Sylvia is a cancer survivor herself and I felt she really understood where I was coming from. I hope you’ll check out this interview and see who else she has written about. Some very interesting profiles on this site.
How did you develop the character of your protagonist in this book?
Jo Sullivan was born out of my own metamorphosis of awakening to the wider world. She starts out as this flawed character just trying to get on with her life, dealing (or in reality, not dealing) with her own dark past by toughing it out. Then she has this encounter with a 15 year old prostitute and something about the girl releases this damn of awareness in Jo that she is no longer able to ignore. She starts looking outside herself, really looking at what’s out there, and turns her anger at what’s screwed up in own life into energy to try to right the injustices of others.