Two articles recently spurred my thinking about characters and character development in my novels.
“In different ways, the three stars [Hanks, Washington &
Eastwood] all represent similar audience yearnings — above all, the desire for
moral significance. Even when they take on ambiguous or immoral roles, these
stars always inhabit a universe where right and wrong have weight and
consequence. Hanks embodies decency. Eastwood represents inner-directedness and
portrays the high-stakes struggle for righteousness and honor — all the more
so when he plays fallen or villainous men.”
Patrick was in a gym recently when a crewman from another team
walked up and showed her a video of his kids holding up a magazine with Danica
on the cover.
“They said my name and he said, ‘I have no idea
how they know who you are,’ ” Patrick said.
Patrick marvels at the attention and attraction
she has for kids.
“I have no idea. I don’t get it either,” she
said. “I don’t know where it is coming from. I don’t know if it’s something
that they see on TV that doesn’t seem to be so obvious to a parent or if their
kids, once they are in school, if it’s part of some curriculum. I’m not really
“I think it’s an interesting thing, though. It’s
very flattering and it’s a fortunate situation to find myself in. I enjoy being
inspirational to these kids. I’d love to know why.”