Writing darkness

In a somewhat stinging review of my novel, Satya, one reader complains, ‘Everyone, everyone in this book is unlikable and spiteful.’ Personally, I wouldn’t that far—for I’m quite fond of some of the characters—but she has a point: many of them are not exactly genial. But that’s really the point. What else would cause a bright, confident student who thinks she knows everything to embark on an alien journey? We live in a world which is quick to blame particular types of behaviour on a person’s culture, religion or upbringing. I wanted to explore what other kinds of pressures can carry individuals along one path or another. Continue reading “Writing darkness”