An Interview with the Winner of the March Challenge: Blank Pages06:18
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WB: The idea of bravery is explored and questioned in your story in a variety of ways. The centre point of action – the rescuing of the child – is undermined by the rejection of this as a ‘brave act’, and the reader naturally questions their own acceptance of the rescuer as a hero when given all of the facts. What are you trying to tell us about societal interpretations of bravery and heroism here?
WB: The question of caring, emotion and by association psychological state is also raised in the story. We can assume from the references to war and the small insights we get into his mind, that Spuggy may be suffering from PTSD. Do you think that the reader is more readily able to forgive Spuggy for his actions because of this assumed diagnosis, and if so, isn’t this a bit ironic considering the general tone of the story itself?
WB: It is seems that Spuggy’s decision to take care of the child, who has been pushed to the fringes of society, is a way of dealing with his own feelings of abandonment, rejection and worthlessness. By ‘adopting’ her, he’s able to take care of both of them, fixing his own problems as well as hers. How did you come up with this idea to emphasise the similarities between your character's situations?
WB: Who are your favourite authors, and or books? Do you take influence from these books or authors in your own writing?
WB: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us RJ! We look forwards to reading more of your entries over the coming months - and congratulations again on your win!