Starting last week and into this week, Sandra Bell-Lundy’s Between Friends is tackling the sensitive topic of domestic abuse. The topic is close to home – not from personal experience, but in an introduction to the topic on her blog, Sandra writes that in reconnecting with a friend from high school years ago and learning that her friend was a an abuse survivor, has spurred the need to address the topic with her feature.
I have been thinking about doing a Between Friends series loosely based on my friend, Anne for quite some time. I asked her a few years back if she would mind if I formally interviewed her with that intention. I told her I would treat her to dinner at our favourite Thai restaurant. How could she say no?
In the back of my mind, I thought I would use my character, “Kim” as the person involved in the story. She is the character who writes and I thought she could come across a woman in the park one day while she was walking her dog. She thinks the woman she meets is in some kind of distress but nothing is obvious. Over time she realizes the woman is being battered. Being a writer could open her up to doing research or something. This is just a general idea I thought I would work into a story after Anne and I sat down and really talked.
Of course, life is busy and Anne and I got together a few times but never to get down to focusing on an actual interview.
Then, a little over a month ago, I started writing a series about Maeve running into an old school mate. The school mate manoevers Maeve into meeting for lunch. One thing leads to another. Next week, in my strip, Maeve realizes the school mate is in a bad situation.
All of a sudden, I am into the battered woman story.
It sounds corny, I know, but these characters tend to write themselves. I didn’t mean to begin this story yet but it just seemed to connect and fall onto my pages. I intended to spotlight Kim but Maeve has stepped in.
The story-line runs through this Saturday, but will return in August.