Peaceful citizens gathered in Willimantic, CT on June 5, 2020 to protest the killing of George Floyd and rally in support of Black Lives Matter. I marched with them and in the days since, I’ve watched as countless protests continue across our country and around the world. For once, I feel hopeful that the voices of the people will affect real change.
Our world is a daunting place these days. It can seem pointless to focus on writing a novel in the midst of a pandemic and a social revolution, and I do not delude myself that my art has any immediate impact. In reassessing what I value, however, I’m reminded that stories bring people together and open gentle doors for conversation. We need to explore and understand what makes us human.
Please, if you are an artist, keep creating.