Andrea Jones is a British journalist, author and outlier. She looks at the status quo and instead of just saying sure, asks why?read more
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Everfair author Nisi Shawl: we need hopeful stories people can believe in

Everfair author Nisi Shawl: we need hopeful stories people can believe in

Nisi Shawl is the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning author of the novel Everfair and numerous optimistic speculative fictions. She took part in Slate’s Trump Story Project – where 10 writers were invited to imagine the dystopian future of Trump’s America. She talks to Maverick blog about the power of writing in the current political climate.

California author Edan Lepucki: Fiction stops us seeing people as statistics
California author Edan Lepucki: Fiction stops us seeing people as statistics

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel California. Her new novel, Woman No.17, will be released May 9. Maverick blog talked to her about taking part in Slate’s Trump Story Project. Why did you take part in Slate’s Trump Story anthology? I participated because Ben Winters, who edited the series,

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Author Ben Winters on writing and #resisting
Author Ben Winters on writing and #resisting

Ben Winters is the author of nine novels, including most recently the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines. He recently edited Slate’s Trump Story Project. Maverick blog talked to him about writing and #resisting. Why did you coordinate Slate’s Trump Story anthology? I was very struck, in the immediate aftermath of the election, not just by how distressing and scary I found the result, but also how

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Let’s just say it: work doesn’t work
Let’s just say it: work doesn’t work

A few days ago, I was looking through an early cut of my East meets West immigration novel. It was full of the usual writer fails: adverbs, self-indulgent speech tags – and this protracted rant form the anti-heroine: Martyrdom. We have that in the Wild West, too. Except here, we chain ourselves up to a working

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