Yes, when I was in law school I was working as a legal secretary and some of my duties included ordering lunch. I remember being scolded because I did not open the bag and give the lawyers their sandwiches. I was told they were too busy to get their own sandwiches out of a bag. Absolutely. We have to come to terms with our past. For many people we don’t have the time to take a breath and look at how we got to where we are. So true, especially in our culture. When we meet someone we ask, “What do you do?” Depending on what you do for a living you are judged. We as humans are so far beyond what we do in our nine to five jobs. No. I’m saying that the love of someone supportive who believes in you and points out your flaws that are holding you back can make you better. That someone supportive could be a friend or a parent. In this case it was Oscar. She also prompted him to take action in his own life. Absolutely. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You have to stick your neck out there. Eventually something will happen. You have to start taking risks. Plan your strategy and start making moves.
10. You say that one of your goals as an author is to evoke intense reactions in readers. Is that one of the ways you judge your work?
Yes, but also is the story moving and compelling? If people have a strong negative reaction, that’s not necessarily a bad review, but that means the author hit the target. Effective writing takes a certain skill, a certain cadence and evokes mood.