Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Why is my writing becoming more political? 😀

My first book Fire was about a rock band struggling with the pressures of sudden fame. Although I touched on a few dicey topics back then, it was nothing compared subjects I've dealt with in my last few books. As time went on, it seems that I'm drawn to more controversial subjects.

My motivation for becoming more political in my writing isn't because it is trendy or because I feel it might capture some attention. Like most topics that are brought into my books (which include racism, white supremacy, incel, school shootings, and criminals) I feel passionate about the topic and for that reason, choose to explore it. It's the subjects that I have strong views on so that creep into my writing.

As a writer, I've always felt that what I do is observe the world and then express what I see. I think now, more than ever, it's important to create art that makes people think. It's not that I want to change anyone's opinions but rather, that I hope that through my writing, I can provoke new ideas and perhaps some people will look at things from another perspective.

My latest book And The Devil Will Laugh is quite political and the protagonist, Jorge Hernandez, has fascinating opinions on the political world. The interesting thing is that he's a criminal and therefore, his views are vastly different from the status quo but I have to admit, they certainly give you food for thought. And with everything going on in the world today, maybe that's not such a bad thing.

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