“Does it really matter what gender a character is? I consider myself to be a feminist, and as a result of that there is no way that my feminism is not going to show up in my book. At the same time I think feminist science fiction is its own sub-genre.”
by Joe Schuster
Her parents, who have passed away, did not live long enough to see Leckie’s strongest argument that science fiction can be literature: her publication last year, at 47, of her first novel, Ancillary Justice.
by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Gone were the twenty-hour work days; now we were talking twenty-four hours. Seven days a week. . . . And the dream of being a writer seemed not only impossible but also, quite frankly, inconsequential.
The hardest time to write is around two in the morning, when it might still be reasonable to turn in. Your throat starts to hurt; you’re sure you’re getting sick; your head feels like a sponge. . . . After 2:30 or so—well, there’s something that happens when it’s late enough.
“I think you have to find reasons for [writing fiction] that are not external, that have to do with you and your life and your relationship to the world and other people. Part of my relationship to the world is through language and my evolving relationship with language. If I make the right kind of contact with language then I make meaningful contact with the world.”
“The recognition has been amazing. Writers, poets… we work a long time, we work hard, and until I won the PEN New England, I hadn’t quite realized how my confidence had been chipped away. ”
I do a lot of writing in sections, montage, and then feel them out for the best order. In other words, a lot of tunneling—a hole here, one there, and eventually some catacombs emerge. It’s lovely when a structure asserts itself—it’s like being a lost child wandering in a crowded place and all of a sudden someone trustworthy grabs your hand and pulls you to safety.