When a writer creates a character, it’s a combination of research and imagination. And so it was when I was writing NOT IN TIME and building the character of Genevieve McKenna.
I read extensively about art history and how provenance research works. I interviewed a museum employee about how artwork is handled behind the scenes. (My request for an actual visit behind the scenes was a no-go: security issues.)
And some of Genevieve’s job and routine and skills I simply made up. A novel is a work of fiction, after all.
So what fun it was today to read this interview from KCUR, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City, with a real-life person doing the kind of work I imagined for Genevieve McKenna.