I suspect that young adults crave stories of broken futures because they themselves are uneasily aware that their world is falling apart.
A wise human would have an understanding of the supply chain and how the pieces fit together. But it's against our nature to think about it.
As a writer, you should care about reluctant readers. You want these kids to feel like books are amazing and cool and that they're an escape.
As an author, you're really grateful for the people who are supporting you, but on some other level, that can be a dangerous echo chamber.
By nature I'm sort of an introvert.
Fiction is optimistic or unrealistic enough to demand that there should be a meaningful narrative.
I know people who have gone into career death spins, and that's something you're always aware of as a writer.
I say I write extrapolations. I look at data points and ask what the world could look like.
I think that, when I think about the future that 'The Water Knife' represents, it's one where there's a lack of oversight, planning and organization.
I think there are narratives going on all the time that we think of as tangential - up until they turn out to be deciding factors in our lives.
I'm interested in how we react when we're heavily pressed. When we're vulnerable and our survival is in question, how do we behave?
I'm less crazy and unhappy when I'm writing.
I'm not proud of it, but I'm a great liar when I travel. I smile and lie, and things are smooth.
I'm particularly interested in black swan events: unprecedented surprises that destroy the conventional wisdom about how the world works.
Mostly I sat down and said, 'I'm not going to write a boring story.' And that actually, surprisingly, solves most of your problems.
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