For this issue’s author feature, I’d like to introduce Miriam Drori, a fellow Darkstroke author!
Now, for the interview…
Who or what is the antagonist in Style and the Solitary?
That’s an interesting question. There are several characters who fight against the protagonists, but I suppose the main “who” antagonist is the murderer, and obviously I’m not saying who that is. The “what” antagonist for Asaf, who is the suspect in the murder case, is his inability to speak up for himself.
Where did you get the inspiration to write it?
Inspiration came from various places. It came from wondering if a character I’d created before was suspected of murder. It came from the setting of my adopted town. It came from watching my husband at work. I could probably go on.
What themes in your writing do you hope people will connect with?
The power of belief in another person, secrets, assumptions, friendship and social anxiety.
What was the best moment for you once the book was complete?
This is the first time I’ve written a crime novel. When I sent it to be read by someone who has written several, I was ready for her to tell me the best thing I could do with it was to throw it on a virtual scrap heap. Fortunately, she praised it and I was over the moon.
Do you find that you can only write when you’re inspired, or can you force yourself to work on a project any day?
I don’t wait to be inspired. Writing is a job with schedules and deadlines like any other. If I’m stuck for something to write, I find inspiration in my notes, on the internet, in books or outside. Or else I leave a problematic scene until later and move on to the next.
When did you realize that you wanted to be an author?
In 2004, when I became passionate about raising awareness of social anxiety. Not all my books include social anxiety, but my passion sparked my decision to write and remains with me, always.
Which of your characters can you relate the most to?
I try to get inside the head of each one as I write them. In my novel, Cultivating a Fuji, reviewers have noted that each character has a back story. That was important for me, because they don’t always behave well to the protagonist, and I wanted to explain their motivations. In my latest novel, Style and the Solitary, I even felt empathetic towards the murderer, and I hope readers will, too.
Is there anything that you’d like to say to potential readers considering buying your book?
All my stories are written for your enjoyment. If you also learn something from them, or if they make you reflect, that would be an added benefit.