Here's a roundup of all of the interviews, guest posts, etc. I've written about Whores in, to date.

Interview with Justin Bienvenue

Beyond that, Whores is a dystopic near-future novel about a group of women forced to choose between docility and the right to choose where their life goes. Some of them are in that position by choice. Most of them are there because of crap that happens to them along the way. But it is essentially a novel about a group of freedom fighters/terrorists (and they do quite often walk that line) fighting oppressive elements within their society.
It's also about a political undercurrent that's somewhat rooted in a movement known as Men's Rights, but also more broadly articulated this last year by conservative officials. Right now, these views are marginalized, but if they gained clout, if they were allowed to fester, they could very easily roll back even what should be noncontroversial aspects of women's health, like cheap access to birth control. And the more we normalize those types of behavior, the more we offer the appearance of validity to fringe groups that would encourage discrimination, misogyny, or violence in other areas of society. Women's reproductive issues took center stage because access to birth control is what allows women economic freedom, which is necessary for anyone to be truly free.

Interview at Virtual Writers

What’s the principal message you want to send to your audience?

The need to be open. To ideas, and criticism. Whores discusses some difficult topics; they were difficult to write about. They’re difficult to think about. But they’re also necessary, and important. And the proscriptions we hurl have real impacts on real human beings. I don’t care if people disagree with my personal politics, and I’ve had reviewers tell me the book challenged them because they felt so strongly about the premise of it for political or religious reasons. I hope people begin to consider this issue on a more personal level- and I don’t just mean for themselves, because there are larger societal questions at play, here, too, it’s about crafting the kind of world we want to live in, and not the kinds of worlds I usually write about.

Interview with The Review Hutch

...calling the book Whores wasn't something I did lightly. The reasoning behind the title goes back to the old Churchill quote, that victors write the history books. At the time of the story's telling, and indeed even at the end, women are being oppressed, and the title characters are referred to and sometimes literally branded as 'whores.' It's certainly provocative, but honestly, so's the book, and it would be disingenuous of me to have called it anything else.
It's ultimately a novel about human beings who just want to be able to live their lives for themselves. They make bad, sometimes rash decisions, but they're really struggling for self-determination, which I think (especially after answering these interview questions) is something we all have in common.

We all have this empty page in front of us, and we don't know quite where we're going with it, but all of us, without regard to age, race, gender or any other way of separating people, deserve a chance to forge through that story on our terms.

Guest Post at The Cerebral Writer

...So I started with a question. How bad could it really get? Back alley abortion is one of those terms that gets trotted out early in any abortion debate. But would they be in back alleys? Certainly not at the beginning. There would be plenty of people with training, and sympathy, willing to put their livelihoods, their careers, and possibly even their lives on the line to safeguard a woman's rights. I imagine most of them wouldn't think about that last possibility too hard- after all, not that many abortion providers have been murdered in cold blood (unless we're talking proportionally).
But, as is often the case, asking that initial question of how bad it could really get didn't get us to an answer. Because the answer was really that it could get fairly bad- but that it wouldn't end there. Illegal abortion doesn't end the discussion- it's just the opening gambit. This isn't just about abortion- it's about the entire realm of reproductive rights, and frequently spills even beyond those shores.
Black market birth control seems like the obvious answer, and a black market birth control crackdown the obvious render, which would leave every woman with an IUD, the implant, or taking the pill for whatever reason to be in possession of contraband, and a criminal.

Guest Post at Dreamer's Perch

People have called the story(Whores) provocative, and politically sensitive. To me, it describes a hell on par with what women in many other parts of the world currently live in, and a hell that we can only prevent taking hold in more“civilized” countries through vigilance. But to answer them I would say: speaking out about women shouldn’t be political.

Whores was pretty extensively researched, and I'd be here all day trying to list every proposed bill, injustice-revealing survey, etc. that shaped the world built in Whores. This should offer a pretty solid beginning, though. Enjoy!
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