Q: Do you often include children in your stories? What role do they play?
A: I include children in my stories fairly often. Children are full of hope and are themselves a kind of manifestation of hope. So I like to see how cynical or hard-hearted adult characters might respond to being confronted with that kind of limitless optimism of a child.
There’s also that strong desire to protect children which can inspire a lot of fear. And letting a kid down can really haunt a person. So as a parent, I spend a lot of time thinking about that push and pull between hope and fear and all the doubts between.
Travis Wade Beaty’s story “Regret’s Relief”
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 May 2020.
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