There can be no better grounding for a lifetime as an author than to see humanity in all its various guises through the lens of the reporter for the town.
I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later, I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat... colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up.
Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am.
From stone tablets to html code, it's not lost on me.