A question for David Hammond

Q: Do you ever feel bad for what you put your characters through?

A: No, I don’t feel bad. The main reason is that I don’t generally put my characters through anything that horrible. The worst experiences in my stories tend to be things that I have experienced myself: alienation, intense embarrassment, unrequited love. To pity my characters would be to pity myself, and I’m not about to do that. Instead I always try to leaven things with humor, which is my own best coping mechanism.


David Hammond’s story “Making the List” was published on Friday, 6 October 2017.
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