Author Richard Schiver has published his online interview with me. He regularly interviews authors through contacts made on Goodreads.com and publishes them on his own as a service to the reading public and as a favor to writers like me.
Some of the many post-election responses I read in newspapers and on social media have argued persuasively that the only way to deal with post-election reality is to keep on doing what you believe in. So here I am back it, going on being a writer.
Here’s one excerpt from the posted interview:
Q.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?
A.) What’s important to me is voice. Somebody has to be telling something — let’s call it a ‘story’ — in a compelling way. Somebody has to have something to say, and has to know how to say it. The writer, through whatever artifice — first-person narrator or third-person omniscient or anywhere in between — has to speak with authority, invite, seduce, or demand the reader’s attention. And hold it by delivering the goods. You probably need both story and deep, complex, credible characters to do that job, but you don’t get in the door, at least my door, without a tongue in your head.