a Colorado storyteller is maybe in a good place to remind people, through stories, of how diverse we all are, and how tyrannical cramming everyone in one definition can be.
In writing fiction, you are able to create a distance for the reader from the “real world” which allows for the exploration of tough topics and ideas. It’s not like the books have the answers to all these complex issues but they should definitely raise questions for the reader.
I love the idea of promoting books that encourage people to think, to see a perspective outside their normal experience. Ideas can change minds, and minds can change the world.
Truth will always be a threat to someone, no matter whose truth it is, and the writer has to be willing to speak those truths clearly and forcefully regardless of consequence.
Literature can be a great way to think and talk about the important issues of the day. We can often process our own feelings about the world by engaging with stories in a way we can’t when watching the news about the real world.
I write to say, ‘You’re not alone. There are people who see you. There will be people who fight for you. Hold your head up.’
My philosophy is, never dumb it down. Capitalism is causing climate change as well as a thousand other undesirable effects ranging from inconvenient to imminently dangerous.