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Nick Fuller Author Interview
Nick Fuller Author Interview

These Days is a collection of short stories depicting contemporary issues and how average people are facing them. What inspired you to write these stories?

It was really the relentless daily cycle of news which, for many of us I think, can have a dehumanising effect on the very subject it’s trying to communicate. It’s a barrage. I wanted to illustrate some of the themes with personal stories, to view the social issues through the perspective of people in the eye of the storm.

Whilst many of these issues are global – climate change, the impact of AI, conspiracy theories, corporate power – their impact varies greatly of course according to where and how people live so the stories have a range of settings.

Many of the pieces have a common thread – the need for characters to make big decisions for themselves and their families. It’s really where the political meets the personal and the universal conflicts that drive this.

Your characters are all interesting and relatable. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted them to be people that readers would recognise – maybe in themselves or their friends but also people they are aware of even if only from a distance. Just as important, I wanted the characters’ conflicts to resonate – the questions facing the characters may well be far from those faced by the reader in their real lives but I wanted the stories to at least allow the reader a glimpse.

For this reason, there are situations that may be quite close to home (the threat of redundancy, the worry of illness) and others that – for most of us – are hopefully quite distant (homelessness, exploitation.)

I also wanted the characters to be rounded so the comedic stories and uplifting perspectives are as important as the themes that often feel bleak to most of us. Life is light and shade.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Climate change was one that recurs in a number of stories – unsurprisingly since it impacts all of us and we probably all often have a similarly helpless view of its scale. The impact of 24/7 social media is another that permeates several stories as it’s a constant in the way that ideas are shared and take root. The pandemic is of course always in the background (sometimes the foreground) too.

All of these are examples of themes for the 2020s. The first two of course predate it too but they seem to have taken centre stage in all that’s impacting our day to day lives right now.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have some more short stories in development as well as some non-fiction projects which will likely be out there in the second half of 2022.

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From climate change through refugee and pandemic crises to the rise of populism and conspiracy theories, the 2020s can be an age of anxiety played out in the glare of 24/7 media on camera and online.

In the middle of it all, we keep on keeping on. These are stories of lives lived today. There is love and laughter, big decisions, hope and reflection on what matters most.

These Days

These Days: Short Stories, Scenes and Sketches by [Nick Fuller]

These Days: Short Stories, Scenes and Sketches by Nick Fuller is a collection of short stories that depict the chaotic contrasts that are present in the modern world. Each chapter contains a new short story related to a specific aspect relevant in today’s age. Be it poverty, exploitation, homelessness, immigration, climate change or a pandemic, Nick is able to showcase the very important human problems that have engulfed the lives of so many across the world.

Our current fast-paced way of living has taken its toll on people’s lifestyles and has left a lot of us behind. The emergence of serious problems, like modern slavery, are illustrated throughout the book in such a way that it is hard to ignore the pain that it must be causing. Fuller, through his short stories, displays brilliantly the humanity caught in these grim, modern realities and the desperation and need for survival that people so constantly feel in their lives. This is a book that everyone, in every part of the world, can relate to, given the fact that the problems described in it are global.

The book also exposes the current division that is present in many countries: racial, political and economic divisions. These Days is able to capture and portray these problems in a concise yet though-provoking way. Each new chapter brings a new set of characters through which one can see the hurt and pain that have been a direct result of these modern crises. Compassion and empathy is immediately felt for them, but also worry, for these people are real and are out there all over the world.

These Days is a call for reflection. A reflection that demands urgency. Despite the many societal imperfections that are described in every story, the book also depicts the beauty that humanity posses and how that beauty lives inside every single one of us.

This is a collection of impassioned short stories that are intellectually invigorating and emotionally stirring. These Days is a necessary read that will put our lives into perspective. The unheard voices of so many are carried in this book and leads us to acknowledge the need to protect our humanity at all costs.

Pages: 180 | ASIN: B099X4XC8C

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