The theme of universality in fiction has always been of interest to me. The idea that no matter where we are — say, the most fascinating place there is — we deal with the same issues: love, hate, fear, family.
I’m immediately pulled into a story with characters from different backgrounds, different countries, people dealing with linguistic barriers. Curious characters who ameliorate the cultural gap by reaching out or asking for help have my full attention. Let the world be our classroom.
Universality covers a variety or areas, from cities such as Bucharest, Romania (above) to villages like the image below (village we visited outside Bucharest).
What better way to experience a new way of life than through literature?
In Stranger or Friend, the character’s views are universal, but day-to-day life remains local, hence the conflict. Seeing as this was my debut novel, ambitions had to be managed, and the story worked best in its current format.
This will change in the next Zoe Sinclair novel, a story which aside from a couple of written chapters resides only as an outline in my mind.
~ What do you think about a story as the best way to travel?