passion, then you probably know what event I'm anticipating with camera, binoculars and seed ready: the annual Great Backyard Bird Count . . . or GBBC, as the cool people call it. Here in Charlotte, North Carolina, we were 2nd on last year's list of localities submitting the most checklists in the country.
Having said that, though, I have to admit I call myself a bird nerd. But I do so in the hopes that, as with fictional characters, it makes me a bit more interesting. Hopefully the mix of my other traits and interests (e.g., boater, stand-up paddle boarder, horseback rider) combined with a fascination with migration patterns and species differences, is more intriguing than bland.
Of course those of us who give our multi-dimensional characters our own interests face another problem: people wonder how else the writer is like the murderer/adulterer/sociopath or crazed writer in the story.
If you're an author, what hobbies do you bring into your writing? I know some other Oak Tree Press novelists include birding (a witty rabbi springs to mind). And as a reader, is there a hobby/passion you'd like to see represented more in fiction?
Nancy LiPetri, author of The Wooded Path. Read more about my writing at my blog.