It started with Jodi Picoult’s “The Pact.”
It ended when I acquired an old copy of Terri Blackstock’s “Emerald Windows.”
No, wait, I can’t say it ended. I’m sure I’ll encounter more books that have a hero/heroine who is either an art student or professional artist. It feels like -- in the past several months -- I’ve already read a ton.
That’s not a bad thing. Not by any means. All but two – which will remain nameless – held my interest.
But it left me scratching my head and asking, “What’s the deal with all of the artists?”
It also left me wondering how writers go about choosing their characters’ occupations and interests.
Sometimes -- like in the book I just finished -- details of the MC’s occupation are so irrelevant that I forget what he/she does for a living.
Other times those details have a direct impact on the plot.
So tell me: What do your characters do? Do their jobs/hobbies play heavily into the plot of your story? Do you choose your characters’ professions? Or do your stories dictate what your characters do?