Writing about COVID-19 in fiction — do we ignore the elephant in the room?

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I’m a full-time independent author who writes contemporary romance. I make a comfortable living being a writer and I love my job. That said, one of the downsides of being a full-time author is the fact that the moment you have finished one book, you barely have time to pat yourself on the back before you’re starting the next one.


  • Jan
    April 14, 2020 - 21:54 ·

    I think this is an entirely realistic and responsible idea, particularly as I expect it would focus on the impact of a pandemic on relationships, connections, and the tricky aspects of logistics concerning same. I am not in a household or relationship that is separated by distance, but I have friends who are, and they are living in the uncertainty of when they might actually be able to reunite; I am grateful every time I can simply reach and touch my wife, because that gesture is not available for lots of others at present. And that’s just one tiny piece of the times. I know there are so many obstacles to connection right now, and also a huge creative surge of people trying to overcome that gap [opera from balconies–those teddy bears in windows, for goodness sake…] I can easily see how you would craft a story that had elements of the seriousness of what the world experiences now, and ground it in positive aspects, just like you described. So, thank you for not fluffing us into the ’emperor’s new clothes’ version of f/f stories, as if the rainbow provides us a virus free umbrella; that elephant needs to wear her mask with pride. 🙂

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