Last night’s election results left me depressed and disillusioned. I take comfort in knowing that Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote, if not the electoral vote. With a Trump presidency on the horizon, I’m experiencing doubts about everything, including my upcoming novel, Red Flags.
Recent events have given the novel’s ending a darker meaning. In one of my “what’s the point?” moments, I almost decided not to publish it. But I choose to ignore those doubts and proceed as planned. (I am currently waiting for my proof copy of Red Flags to arrive in the mail.) Why should I let the results of a crummy election interfere with my writing goals? I cannot let the powers-that-be silence me– or my characters.
No matter where Larissa goes, she does not live in a perfect world. This is a kid who has been used and abused. She also has to keep her sexual orientation under wraps. While same-sex marriage is in jeopardy under a Trump presidency, in the Red Flags time period it was unthinkable. In Russia today, sexual minorities continue to be persecuted as they were during the Soviet era. I don’t expect my book to change my own society, let alone someone else’s. But through my characters, I can let the world know, “this is not OK.”