Many authors write books and stories to highlight pain and suffering, injustices, moral wrongs even atrocities. I’m not one of those authors.
Some authors go out to satisfy those who want to read something utterly unique, stories that cross genres and challenge existing norms. I’m not one of those authors either.
Some authors want to paint you a picture of the real world, warts and all, maybe so that you don’t feel alone when your life isn’t working out as planned. Yep, you guessed it – I’m not one of those authors.
Then you get the authors who want to yank you out of reality, throw you into a parallel universe, give you a break from mundane life, let you experience what it would be like to be a supernatural hero, have a great side-kick and get the girl/guy everyone else is dying to have. That! Would be me.
So my characters may not have seven dimensions of depth, my general premise has been used before, and while my Vampires don’t look like Count Dracula, they don’t sparkle either. I may not bring you to tears, or make you rage in anger. You probably won’t feel the need to become a UN ambassador or join the Occupy Wall street movement. I won’t help you feel better about your failed marriage/relationship. I won’t open your eyes to the suffering of poverty stricken children, or the effects of life-threatening disease, or how a death/abuse affects a family. I won’t make you re-think your life or change your habits.
I guess you could say I write the literary equivalent of pop songs. Though maybe, in the case of Urban Fantasy, it would have to be rock music. I’m talking about the kind of music you put on to dance to, to party to, to forget the troubles of the world to. There will always be those who crave the carefully crafted classical symphony, the kind of music that you sit quietly in a large hall and absorb the perfection of, but I don’t write books like that.
So no, I don’t write to change the world, I write to entertain it.