Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?

A: I haven’t included many children in my stories, but when I have it’s usually been to illustrate an episode early in a character’s life. I don’t think of writing children any differently than any other characters, so they could play any role depending on the context of the story.

What’s most important to me when writing is that every character, even minor ones, has a sense of agency in their actions so I’m always wary of stories that treat children more like talking props or symbols of innocence rather than fleshed out individuals.


Gloria Wickman’s story “Chasing the Light” was
published on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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