Gang life as seen from a former girl gang leader

I recently wrote about writing what you know, but the stories I want tell often lead me down unfamiliar paths.

In the case of my new novel Tied, the world of girl gangs was a big unknown. It wasn’t a matter of studying boy gangs and changing the gender. The differences ran much deeper than that. But through books and the Internet, I was able to gain valuable knowledge that helped me build my particular world and the characters within it.

This video is a great example of what can be learned, specifically about back story, motivation, character traits, and dialogue style (and vocabulary). It’s not as good as the real thing (which I got a taste of on the bus a day or so ago), but it’s pretty close.

Complete interview is here (or up top), courtesy of the BBC.

Since 1992, Lee has worked within the visual and dramatic arts landscape as a graphic designer, illustrator, visual effects artist, screenwriter and author.

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