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Everything Is Awful and You're a Terrible Person

Daniel Zomparelli interviewed by Lambda Literary (May 2017)

Lambda Literary interviews Daniel Zomparelli about his story collection Everything Is Awful and You're a Terrible Person.

"I love writing about extremes, and that’s why you might notice characters whose energy almost feels powerful. I wanted to create characters who were intense, some so much so that it seems like a magical energy. I created a character similar to Rogue. He goes on all these dates and he clearly suffers from some form of anxiety. I thought it would be interesting if that anxiety made his skin tingle, or if it’s hyper-sexualized, it could shake and alter the energy around him. I was trying to imagine anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues as a magical energy. Sometimes these 'energies' help us sort out our desires if we are self-aware enough to deal with them, because if we don’t, they can crush us."

Read the article here.