Clint Paul
Clint Paul asked Khaled Hosseini:

How you connect a story with the current social circumstances ???

Khaled Hosseini For me, story and character always come first and social circumstances second, although it is often difficult to separate the two. In my books, the social circumstances -war, poverty, exile, oppression, extremism, etc- are the background against which the characters’ lives unfold. But those events and those realities also impact who those characters are and how they behave. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, for instance, the Taliban rule of Afghanistan is the background, while the domestic drama taking place inside the house takes center stage. But the Taliban’s rule impacts Mariam and Laila’s lives and in many ways, their presence forces the women’s hands into certain decisions, some of the fateful. The key for me has always been to focus on the characters first, understand the extent to which those external social forces exert their influence in their lives and shape them as people, then go from there.
Khaled Hosseini

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