Goodreads asked Patrick Elliott:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Patrick Elliott This is possibly the hardest question to answer because I used to think I was not inspired by things outside of myself. It has always seemed that I have these stories inside of my head that just want to come out. They have always been portals to other worlds for me that I wanted to share.

Recently I have realized that is only partially true. I write dark things because I see these worlds but they tend to represent things that I see wrong. A lack of kindness here, a disconnection from each other there. In my heart I believe that every author, every artist, wants to change the world. We spend our time pointing to the bad things or the possible consequences and saying, "Don't go there, or fix that." Others see beauty and want more of it and take the approach of showing us that, the better way, the path to follow instead of the one to avoid.

Old Odd Ends is an exploration of that. The idea that art can change the world for good or ill. It explores a world of monsters where no matter who's side you're on everybody seems to be out for themselves. I never would have thought of it that way until I was answering this question though. So I am happy I did.

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