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Ann Fraistat

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Ann Fraistat is an author, playwright, and narrative designer. Her debut novel is What We Harvest, out now with Delacorte Press. Her co-author credits include plays such as Romeo & Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending, and alternate reality games sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She lives in Maryland.

For more, find her at annfraistat.com, or connect on Twitter or Instagram @annfrai
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Ann Fraistat Hi, Alexandra! No one place or event. (I actually drafted this book about blight in summer 2019--before COVID, freakily enough.) The specific seed of …moreHi, Alexandra! No one place or event. (I actually drafted this book about blight in summer 2019--before COVID, freakily enough.) The specific seed of What We Harvest came from a dream about a field of rainbow-hued wheat. I sat down to explore that image as a freewriting exercise, which started as a paragraph and eventually snowballed into an entire book. At the time, I’d recently moved far from Maryland, where I was born and raised. That infused the book with a wistful longing for home, while my new surroundings in Texas provided the atmospheric inspiration of open space and sparseness. It flowed very organically--more organically than anything else I'd ever written--because I think it was the story I needed at the time. The horror. The beauty. The endless grit of its characters, and the hope that can be found in that perseverance. Thank you for asking! <3(less)
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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
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“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
G.K. Chesterton
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“If rainbows could rot then so could stars.”
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“Actually, I knew I would.”
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“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.”
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“Part of what horror is, is taking risks and going somewhere that people think you’re not supposed to be able to go, in the name of expressing real-life fears.”
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“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
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“I’m a true believer in story. I think when you just tell people to think, people tend to get resistant and defensive and feel like you’re accusing them of not thinking. But when you tell a story, and you draw them in through allowing them to see through the eyes of a different person, and when you can affect their feelings and emotions — whether it's making them laugh, or making them scared, or making them scream, or making them cheer — then you have them on a starting point, already, to think about why they had those visceral reactions.”
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