When reality merges with fiction…

 

This is not the future we imagined

A pandemic with no known cure has put the country in lockdown and economic meltdown. We are scared. We don’t know when it will end. We’re sharing dark humour, supporting each other, trying to stay safe. I wish you all the best.

As you may know, writers often have the feeling that reality is starting to merge with a fiction they’re working on – and that’s when they know the writing is going well. I got it while writing Hybrids, which is a novel that won a national contest run by HarperCollins. And I’m getting it now.

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The virus may be different, the situation less dire. But images like this are just like what I imagined. Spot the difference between reality and images I created while working on it:

I wrote Hybrids partly as metaphor – for our relationship with technology and my own relationship with my body – I have cerebral palsy and use assistive technology. And now we’re using technology more and more, as the lockdown continues…

Many of us have more time to read now. Whether you read for escapism or to understand more about the world, if you haven’t read the book, now is the time. And tell your friends… All of you, be safe, show love, and follow the medical guidelines.

Get the book here: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007349968/hybrids/

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