Anonymous asked: Hi! I just started reading The Girl From Hell City, and I have to ask you what inspired you to write this particular story. I'm very much impressed by how well you've handled gross inequality and the spectrum of violence it vomits on people. (And oh, Daniel... I swear I've met that-one-super-earnest-grad student before. Wendy was more civil than I would have been.) It's all eerily familiar in the most refreshing way.
Ahh thank you! It definitely comes from a sense of frustration at the way the poor are blamed for being poor, and the way the cycle of poverty is treated like something that can be broken with enough bootstrap pulling. Social and economic inequality is at a more institutional level than ever before, and it’s becoming harder and harder to get out of those situations. Hell City is actually physically segregated from the wealthy surface world, but the concept is the same. All that said, I’m not trying to preach here - these are just issues that are important to me. The story is about the characters specifically and how they deal with the situation that they’re in.