It was really about finding the best approach to tell the story and serve both the characters and the mysteries they were chasing.
I do think it’s important for writers to help other writers. In no way is writing or publishing a zero-sum game or a competition.
It also made me realize how unreliable our memory is—how it’s full of poorly remembered incidents, of memories that may not even be our own, and how hard the work of remembering is.
I found myself drawn to the idea of taking these big, comic book concepts and applying them to a quiet story about loss and the poison of nostalgia.
It is a great book to keep on a nightstand or in your commuter bag, used as a palate cleanser between longer reads or as a guide to discover new-to-you writers.
Lovepain is a short, easily digestible, novel, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t sophisticated or complex.
“We live in an uncertain and mysterious world, yet we face so many pressures to act with incredible certainty. That tension, and the tension between urges and expectations, societal norms and personal passions, are where many stories are born, for me.”
The result is an anthology that is sleeker than its predecessor.
I became a lot happier when I realized everyone is a damned mess, and the more normal people seem, the crazier they are