People are capable of incredible gallantry and terrible cruelty in situations of extreme duress. I tried to showcase that range in 'Enclave.'
People need to believe they can make a difference - that one person standing strong can turn the tide.
I am a woman. I write SF. And it's not acceptable to treat me as anything less than an equal. I won't stand for it.
I had a respected SF writer call me 'girlie' and demand that I get him a coffee, before the panel we were on together.
My process seems to be unusual in the sense that I don't create worlds before characters. With me, character is king.