Today on my blog I have Sue Parritt, a fiction writer based in Mornington, Victoria, Australia. Sue's trilogy is of a future dystopian Australia, focusing on climate change and the treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. With the recent crazy weather patterns in Australia, climate change is something we no longer think of as never going to happen.
SUE: Cli-Fi or Climate Change fiction, is fiction usually set in the future, that deals with climate change/global warming. Two books I have read that I feel pioneered this genre are: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and Flight behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. See also www.sueparritt.com for my article Cli-Fi/Eco fiction – categories of truth.
DL: Dystopian fiction is very popular at the moment. The underlying theme is usually oppression and a plot to revolt and unhinge the new world order. What do you think makes dystopian fiction different to super hero fiction?
SUE: As a writer of dystopian fiction, I see the difference as primarily one of character creation and development. Characters in dystopian fiction don’t possess super human powers and must rely on courage, determination and defiance to achieve their goals. In my novels, Sannah and the Pilgrim (Odyssey Books, 2014), Pia and the Skyman (Odyssey Books, 2016) and The Sky Lines Alliance (Odyssey Books - due November 2016) the characters are ordinary people trying to overcome extraordinary situations and effect much-needed change. Unlike super hero fiction, characters in dystopian fiction often pay the ultimate price for their actions and must leave others to continue their work.
SUE: I am a naturally self-disciplined person but having time to write – I saved hard in order to take early retirement in September 2008 and devote myself to creativity – has certainly helped keep up the momentum of writing a series, as has the peace and quiet, no phones or doorbell audible in the beautiful writing studio my husband built for me in our back garden. The third book in my trilogy of a future dystopian Australia, The Sky Lines Alliance owes its swift (for me) completion to my publisher’s deadline.
SUE: Favourite biscuit or cake: Anything chocolate!
Books in this series are: Sannah and the Pilgrim, Pia and the Skyman, and The Skylines Alliance - all published by Odyssey Books.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Sue, and good luck with the writing! Please keep us updated on any new books.
And thank you reader for stopping by!
D L Richardson