Every now and then I’ll express interest in doing something and my friends will immediately ask, “but what about your writing?” And my answer is invariably, “what about it?” Writing is just this thing that I do. I’ve always done it. I’ll always do it.
But that’s not to say that the subject matter will always remain the same. Mostly I write about the future because from where we stand, it is unknowable, and that fascinates me. What kind of technologies will we see tomorrow? How will it impact the human condition? What will the people who populate the future be like?
Of course, how I interpret those infinite possibilities is deeply coloured by my influences and biases. For starters, I am an unrepentant feminist. I believe that all men and women are deeply harmed by institutional sexism, racism and many other isms and phobias. As such, I try to create characters and narratives that reflect as well as critique these kinds of lived experiences.
Before feminism, punk rock was a driving force in my life. I’ve since moved away from that scene, but a few of the core tenants have stuck with me. Foremost is the impulse to question everything. More than anything, that is a writer’s job – to examine the world around her and challenge the status quo.
And somewhere in the mess of all those things, there’s cyberpunk. It’s a genre characterized by gritty streets, the impending singularity and the anti-hero. Sound familiar? For me, it’s all about expressing our biggest fears – and hopes – for the future.
Education:DEC Dawson College, 2008 CALL Program: Literature BAC Concordia University, 2015 English Literature minor in Profesional Writing