Unreliable narrators

What often puzzles me is that in literature, typically, you need to introduce a visible flaw in a character to designate him as an “unreliable narrator”, while everybody else around are assumed to be “reliable”. As if not having a visible flaw makes anyone reliable. My take on this is that if you think someone is completely sane and not crazy, it only means you don’t know this person well enough. Still waters run deep.

Texts as children

One of the challenges of being a writer is what happens when you finish your new work and finally let it out into the wild. It probably is similar to the moment, when a child grows up and leaves the parent’s house – an “empty nest” syndrome, or maybe a bit like postpartum depression. First, you feel happy and proud, some sense of achievement. Then, comes the anxiety – how will the big world accept your child, now that you can’t help? And then you realize that you gave your child a part of your soul, and now this place is uncomfortably void and will take time to heal. And then you start thinking – do I want to have another baby? Am I ready for it? Is it worth it?

Background of “No Sugar”

For those interested in the background of my latest work “No Sugar”, diabetes (both type one and type two) is currently number 4 killer in the world, according to the latest statistics. Higher than this are only cardio, cancer, and respiratory diseases. While type two is usually associated with overweight and lifestyle, type one hits young people for an unknown reason, which I find especially tragic.