The perennial question: Why do you write? Some people write for money. Some write to stay sane. Some write to get story ideas, or characters, or personal fantasies out of their heads. I’d like to make money from my writing, but money doesn’t have much power to motivate me. My motivation is people.
Nothing fascinates me more than observing how people’s minds work. How they react to change, to frustration, to all the ups and downs that are part of life. The two factors that guide and, sometimes, control them are their temperament and their environment. So, the social setting and the changes it may be going through play a big part in my stories. I put my characters in difficult situations and let them work out how they’re going to cope. Are they puppets in their own lives, or do they act independently? Do they control others or are they controlled? Are they capable of changing their environment or do they merely react to it?
I write to better understand the variety of human experience.