Happy Thursday, gang! I was lucky enough to get the lovely Sophie Littlefield to let me interrogate her (again), so please welcome her to the blog. Sophie is the author of Aftertime, the upcoming Rebirth. She’s also penned a mystery/crime series and a YA series!
Your dystopian thriller Aftertime was a disturbing look into a possible future, and you have the 2nd in the series , Rebirth, out in July! Why do you think Dystopian is so popular?
There is a whole body of scholarship devoted to exploring the contemporary dystopic vision (in fact, I’ve been invited to be on a panel with all these academy folks to discuss this very topic) and how it reflects our times. I’ve paid keen attention to the debate but have yet to hear an answer that satisfies me. Do zombies represent our acquisitive, pre-economic-collapse selves, at war with the new reality? Is the apocalypse really about the death of contemporary culture? I suppose it’s fun to talk about, but after a while I’m itching to get back to the writing.
What makes you toss a book aside in frustration?
I would like to add that this is not a value judgment, just my own personal preference. I’m a firm believer that there’s room for as many types of books as there are types of readers. My brother, for instance (a fellow author and my constant critique partner) is much more of an action guy. Where I might wander into navel-gazing, he’ll always stir things up with a chase scene or gunfight.
If someone wrote a book about you, what would they title it?
Is there anything you’d like to share about upcoming events or projects (teasers welcome)?