Sooner or later, people in more intellectual circles may ask about the politics of an author of about the politics of a fiction novelist’s fictional worlds.
Here are a few tid bits of information:
Women philosophers are more likely than their male counterparts to write fiction novels. I won’t go into why that is at this time but there are reasons for it.
Genre authors are sometimes categorized in certain ways and people may feel that a specific political agenda appears in their fiction. This is only sometimes true. The politics of a given story may not be the same as in an author’s other stories.
As an author, I toy around with politics in some stories. I do view it as important but may not express that consistently from one novel to another. Then again, once readers get used to me, it might well be obvious.
Multiculturalism & Pluralism
There are stories which closely resemble the real world or are set in “the real world” despite being fiction. In the novel The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead has characters exhibiting the same kinds of racial diversity that one finds in the setting – the city of Indianapolis. There are good guys and villains of both the main “racial types” in the story. No one was included or left out for the purposes of being offensive.
My personal politics are most likely to be loved or disparaged as promoting a socially progressive “Liberal agenda” or even “Liberal feminist, politically correct agenda”. I don’t think of it that way to the same extreme that my political adversaries do but I am politically and sociologically a progressive thinker. I am not against tradition for the sake of rocking the boat. However, I do think that pointlessly oppressive social systems which are immoral should be dismantled. I do think that a certain amount of institutionalized prejudice against varying degrees of criminality is warranted. I do believe that it is perfectly acceptable for the USA to remain “a Christian nation” without apology and that “religious tolerance” should not go so far as to devastate ourselves due to being attacked by our opposition because their perception of our “tolerance” is to take over and supplant our basic Christian culture. I am Pro-Choice and believe that abortion should be very rare, but safe and legal in those rare instances when it occurs. I believe motherhood should be well supported and understand that many “relationship conservatives” are coming from a school of thought which is based in preventing divorces and single-parenting without killing anyone. I think support for adoption would work better if pregnant women and girls get more support than they get torment from peers, clerics or parents. I won’t go on about it all any more right now.
There are a few other tid bits about my personal politics in The Double Life of Tutweiler BuckheadMost of it, is the simple ways in which my views of good and evil are communicated in the plot and characters.Check it out for yourselves right on the Works associate page.
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Today is plug a novel today, and this time it is one of mine. This one was first created way back in 2006 and is still seeking members of the target audience. Luckily there are stories which are ‘timeless’ and are able to maintain their freshness better than many edible preserves.
Those who only read books put out by the big main publishing houses will have to wait but those interested in good stories they can get for their Kindle readers are in luck with this one.
What is one of the most important differences between books and films or TV? The ability to get into the minds of the characters, of course! Here, in this urban fiction of how to solve a crime in the big city of Indianapolis, readers are treated to a great deal of mind reading right along with events of the outer world. In that respect, it is almost as good as hanging out with good friends.
The stereotype of writers being antisocial is often patently false although there are some who are true introverts. As for myself, the first time I wrote a novel I was not even alone in the room I wrote it in and I was glad that I was not. I like people and ever since becoming a mother 18 years ago now, have tended to be more extroverted. In truth, my true nature is right in the middle – so I’m retiring and shy for an extroverted and a people and party loving person compared to most introverts.
The past two days have been better, in terms of writing, than many I have had for a while. The good news is that I have both edited and written. the dark side, so to speak, is that my head is a bit in a la la land. I have given the main characters hard lives, frankly and so my relatively boring and tame real life is something of a relief by comparison. Even so, I love the characters and the story is a bit surprising.
I have been working with cross cultural interstellar mercenaries from radically different ideologies. I created, devised or discovered them many years before I knew that I would have to reformulate the beginning of their story while living in a foreign country many years later…Sometimes my real life has also been surprising.
Go ahead if you dare. Order a copy of this urban crime novel. Features include: an omniscient narration that includes multiple perspectives. This is a great reminder of how novels differ from films and give readers a degree of intimacy with characters more closely resembling our closer personal relationships in terms of ‘what we get to know’.
The story is thankfully not true, but the setting is. As the author, it is my sincere hope that this shows.
For those who want it NOW, A Kindle version is available and I can personally email you the PDF and you can pay via PayPal.
Those of you still with me, recall that yesterday we touched on Father O’Malley. By some miracle, or curse – you decide, a woman who’s first name is Talitha is another major character in the same story. Although I did name her after someone who I met in real life, they are not alike. As previously mentioned every fictional character I create either shows up whole or is created from combinations of at least 4 other people put together.
Talitha is a middle class woman who was taught to not do servants work at home – that is their job; how are they supposed to get paid or feel in control if you go and disrupt the system by doing their work? She was not from the lower middle class like clerics and school teachers and most managers that people from the lower income part of population – which is the majority of the population, are likely to meet. Somehow her parents had more.
When she grew up, all she wanted to do was stay or regain the same level as her parents had provided her with during her childhood. She tried a variety of methods, most of which are not disclosed during the novel. She found something that worked for her. Unfortunately, it was not legal. Unfortunately for the general public, but perhaps fortunately or unfortunately for Talitha, it did not bother her that it was illegal. Through that means, reminiscent of the dodgier (English slang for not necessarily legitimate) of the Cat Woman from the comic books, Talitha is somehow quite able to maintain her middle class lifestyle.
At some point in her life, which is also not disclosed during the novel, Talitha becomes an occultist. Most people aren’t and should not be for reasons that will not be explained. By the time the story starts, she has had over a decade of involvement with the mysterious occult. It is in fact, through this shared interest that she met another of the main characters long before the story of the novel ever took place.
Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.