How Can You Write the CatScratch Books, then Write Lighter Stories Like the Wolfwalker Novels?
The CatScratch books explore ideas of slavery: mental, physical, emotional; slavery inflicted on oneself by oneself and slavery imposed on oneself by others. I wrote the books because I was exploring things I needed to think about, figure out, make decisions about–things that wouldn’t leave me alone even in sleep. The dreams I had about the CatScratch books were complex, involving, and full of powerful, emotional, sometimes dark music and visions. Compared to other books I’ve written, the stories that came from the CatScratch dreams are more personal, more in-depth in their analysis of issues and futures. Also, because of the technical future the CatScratch stories portray, the books allowed me to explore the possibilities that result from some of the judicial, social, and industrial decisions made by our leaders today and which may be required of our leaders tomorrow. With two exceptions, the Wolfwalker novels are pretty much adventure stories with light morals and ethics–how ancien