I have another interview with fellow Hero Lost anthologist, Ellen Jacobson. Ellen is the author of the forthcoming story, "The Silvering." Ellen generously agreed to answer a few of my questions before she set sail for exotic locales. Seriously. She lives on a boat :D
Jen (J): Why do you believe the concept of a “hero lost” is relevant to our times? Does the idea of a “fallen hero” appeal to society as a whole in light of the current social climate? If so, why do you think we feel an attraction to fallen heroes, and cheer for their redemption?
(J): Lost heroes could be perceived as anti-heroes or could descend into the realm of villain. Were you tempted to allow your hero to do that? Was there ever a moment when you considered letting your fallen hero fall to the “dark side”?
(J): I'm a hard and fast believer in the need for villains. Without villains, we are unable to truly understand the dichotomy between “good” and “bad” and the war that has raged in every story since their first telling. How do you feel about the need for darkness in stories to find the light? Are you a fan of fallen heroes who DO become villains? And if your fallen hero was to become a villain, what might that look like?
(E): My first reaction is that every good story does have some sort of villain, whether a person or a larger force of evil. I'm trying to think of a story I've enjoyed that didn't have villain, but I can't. Are there stories without villains? This is one of those questions that I'm going to keep at the back of my mind when I'm reading and dissecting how authors craft their stories.
(J): For kicks and giggles: What TV show would your fallen hero binge watch on Netflix?
(E): I don't have Netflix, so I'm not exactly sure what shows they air, but if I had to pick a series that my hero, Caestu, would binge watch it would have to be something to do with fishing (like The Deadliest Catch) since that's how he makes his living. Or maybe The Bachelorette. Caestu really wishes he had a wife and family. He's too shy to approach someone he fancies, so he would probably enjoy daydreaming that a beautiful woman would pick him to be her husband.
Thank you SO MUCH, Ellen, for taking the time to talk with me about ideas of good and evil, heroes and villains, and letting us learn a bit more about you and your character. To learn more about Ellen and her life on a boat, check out her blog, The Cynical Sailor. To learn more about her story, "The Silvering", click on the Lost Hero Anthology link HERE.
Thanks for reading!
Have a beautiful afternoon. I hope ya'll are warm. It's FREEZING here!!!