Somehow in the flurry of moving, I missed the fact that Judith Kirscht posted my guest post over at her blog about some of the real life street stories I experienced which inspired my suspense series.
Words paint pictures, evoke memories and move hearts.
It was late at night and summer when I used to walk the streets of Chicago near LaSalle and Hubbard. I was volunteering once a week with Emmaus Ministries then and accompanied by a staff person. Armed with business cards, we would make sure people without homes knew where they could go for a home cooked meal, clean clothes and conversation.
These are examples of the many reasons I chose to write about street people in my STREET STORIES suspense novels. Not to exploit them, or sensationalize homelessness, or advocate social change, but just to engender awareness. If we open our eyes and our ears, what will we see? If we open our hearts, what can’t we accomplish?
via Judith Kirscht.com: Debra Borys, Postcards from the Streets.
Like my main character Jo Sullivan posts in her journal entry, I am also a city girl and country girl trapped in one body. Author Acacia Awai gave me a chance to write a guest post about my conflicted personality on her website. Here’s a sample of what I had to say. Click through the link below to read the whole article.
Call it a mid-life crisis or call it an awakening. Whatever it was, I moved to the city, and not just any city—big, bad Chicago. Before that, I would sweat any time I needed to simply drive to O’Hare to pick up friends at the airport. All those cars, the noise, the pollution! But you know what? I loved Chicago and found myself energized by the grit and bustle that had so intimidated me before. Sure I was able to walk down the block for my milk, but the truth is that if I needed to get to a supermarket either driving in traffic or hopping on the L train, it still took me almost as long as it had before.
via Meet Debra Borys – Acacia Awai.
I just confirmed a date for a podcast interview at Wise Bear Books with Quinn Barrett to talk about Bend Me, Shape Me. Quinn also interviewed me when Painted Black was released, and had some wonderful things to say about the book so I’m hoping she enjoys Bend Me even more.
I will post a link to her site closer to the date so you can listen live if you would like to. I will be sure to also link to the archived interview later and post it here when available for those who want to listen at their leisure.
Below are some of the things Quinn said about Painted Black. The full interview can be found HERE.
Painted Black has a Silence of the Lamb’s feeling about it…..Something about your book immediately gave me the feeling like wow, there’s something dark and ominous going on here.…. I was impressed with the quality of the storytelling and found myself immersed immediately…..Your story is very timely…..How you mingle it with the reality of homeless throwaway people was really quite brilliant…..Fiction can be a great vehicle for exposing the darker side of the human experience in ways that are both important and meaningful and I think that Painted Black fits into this category.
Quinn Barrett, Wise Bear Books All Things Digital Medial interviewer