I love reading obituaries. (discussed in one of my previous posts). I find them to be a goldmine of characters.
There was an interview on NPR yesterday with a woman who founded the International Association of Obituarists.
She's known as the "Obit Lady."
It was fascinating to hear her talk about the art of writing obituaries.
She said that at some newspapers, the obit writers are on the low end of the heap - but at newspapers that know what they're doing (i.e., the better newspapers), the obit writers are the cream of the writers crop.
Her organization just had a big conference. (Ninth Great Obituary Writers Conference).
There's a whole world of obit writers out there!
There is even an obituary writers blog.