In my mind, writers are observers first. You can tell what an author finds fascinating by what they write about. Claire North wrote The First Fifteen Lives of Henry August. If I were guessing, I’d say that Ms. North is fascinated by choice, the butterfly effect, and the way our experience of time is so linear as to be stifling.
Me, I’m interested in social interaction; the push and pull of individualism vs. social necessities; the way we think, not just what we think; and what happens when fear takes over a group of people. There are other things I’m fascinated by, depending on when you ask… But I write dystopia. These are the things that I like to observe.
And right now, there is a lot to observe in the American political system. Maybe the world’s political system too. Our social structures feel turgid and tense, like something is on the verge of bursting… it isn’t Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, socialist or capitalist. Those are dichotomies and what works is usually indifferent to simple binary categories.
So I’ve been talking a lot of social/economic/political stuff. I’ll probably keep talking about it. The questions around how we encounter and experience the world, what role choice plays in our experience, and how we might push forward into a future that allows more opportunity, not for cold hard cash, but for connection and joy… this is what I write novels about. This is what I blog about. This is what I think about on the train going home from work. Not trying to step on any toes or hurt anyone’s political feelings. Just trying to come to these questions with curiosity and intellectual integrity.