Not too long ago I was asked by my friend and mentor Teresa LeYung Ryan (Writing Coach and author) to define my “brand”, or “platform”. What’s a brand? It’s a statement that defines you, or what you write about, or what you do. Although speakers at my various writers’ organizations have said that it wasn’t really necessary for fiction writers to have a brand, Teresa pressed on me its importance, until I finally looked for a theme in all (or most) of my writing—both plays and novels. I realized I do have a common motif, and that is human rights. In my play, “Last Call”, it’s the right to die, (or not.) In my novel “Mother Lode” it’s the rights of children. I have not emphasized that in sell sheets, or even in my blogs, but “Mother Lode” takes place long before Child Protective Services existed, or the law was willing to intervene in domestic violence. “Mother Lode” is really about child abuse, which is still an issue in today’s society. My new book, “Driven to Rage” addresses the right to fair labor practices, including safety, length of work day and wages. All of the issues I’ve written about—past or present, are still very much alive today.
Although my readers may be held to the book with its story plot and the characters who inhabit it, I hope they will think deeply about the important social issues addressed within.
Don’t forget–you can now read Chapter One of “Driven to Rage” right here! If you’ve read the book, I’d really appreciate a review on Amazon. Thanks.