by Shelt Garner
As America lurches more rapidly into fascism, at least I can take solace in the fact that there’s a good chance this will aid in my novel’s ultimate success. I’m a very abstract, allegorical personal in general and my novel is no exception. I couldn’t help myself — I constructed the canon of this novel in such a way that a lot of the abstract issues of the Trump Era are made concrete.
The thriller part of the plot is simply an excuse to have people run around the allegorical universe I’ve constructed.
That’s the thing about developing a novel — you’re pretty much just rushing into the void. You have no idea what the world will look like when you try to sell it.
Anyway, this novel definitely is, well, ME. It’s very much a reflection of my personal history and personality. I’m trying to make it difficult — at least in the text –to figure out what my politics are, but it’s really tough sometimes. The best I can do at this point is to put all my unpopular opinions, the ones that don’t fit the narrative — in the mouths of the bad guys.
But I am honestly trying to make this story (two novels, one story) a critique of the entirety of the Trump Era, not just the parts I don’t like. I think the center-Left is pathetic in the United States because too often it’s more interested in scoring points on Twitter than doing anything about the rise of fascism in the country.
Fascism has come to America and the real question — at least for me — is how much will I be allowed to get away with in this novel. Freedom of speech will likely be the last thing to go in the United States and maybe I’ll be able to publish this thing in the window of opportunity that will exist in the early months of Trump’s ill-gotten second term.