TCWT: How much does setting affect your novels and stories? What are some of your favorite ways to portray setting?
ZH: I should probably include setting more often. It’s not something I focus on. I generally give very few details and leave the rest up to the reader’s imagination.
Melinda Sordino enters high school as a social pariah and is ostracized by her peers who don't know her dark secret– they only know the she called the police to a summer party. Now Melinda is silent, unable to "speak" (even though she is technically a selective mute). This story is about her road to confession. She finds a way to express herself through Mr. Freeman's art class and turns a secret janitor's closet into a shrine to art, safe haven, and a home away from home.
Written as vignettes, the story only emphasizes certain events (sometimes with large gaps in between) which can make it feel like a choppy read, but the visceral imagery makes the reader suffer with Melinda and root for her empowerment.
I’ve said before that being a strong character does not mean that he or she is physically strong (which is sometimes just giving a female character a typically “masculine” trait in the most stereotypical way possible), but someone who is emotionally strong and understands what they need to do...
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