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Authors Answer 146 – Being Charitable

Education is vital to everything else.

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A lot of the big authors support charitable causes or projects. They could be for education, poverty, medical, or many other causes. With plenty of money from contracts and book sales, many authors want to use the money for some good. This week’s question comes from C E Aylett.

Question 146 – If you became a big-name author, like Rowling or Lee Child, what personal projects would you pursue/create with your fame and fortune? What causes would you support?

H. Anthe Davis

I’ve never looked into this, as I doubt it would happen, but I generally support environmental causes so I’m sure I’d start there. And probably give grants to some library systems.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of the “Always Keep Fighting” campaign that was created by Jared Padalecki of the Supernatural TV show. Padalecki has suffered a great deal from anxiety and depression…

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Authors Answer 96 – Required Reading in English Class

For the record, in the context of this question I interpreted “modern” to mean “newer than much of what is currently included”.

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Welcome to September. Last month, we had an interesting month for Authors Answer, and the final story was The Personality Dealer. The winner was a tie! Gregory S. Close and Eric Wood won that one.

This month, we’re focusing on education. Not only that, we have three new contributors to welcome! So, say hello to Cyrus Keith, C E Aylett, and Beth Aman. We’ll begin with their answers.

This week, we’re looking at English class in school. There are a lot of novels that are required reading in class, but we don’t always see what we really want to read. So, what do we think should be read?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 96 – What modern novel do you think should be included in high school English class?

Cyrus Keith

Define “Modern.” For me, that could include anything written since 1916. So, with that definition in mind, I’m thinking the book in…

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I Will Change the World with Representation

When I was nominated to Change the World, it really resonated, because, even if the focus of the story is on a few characters, changing the world is explicitly a theme in Project Quintessence. How would human culture change if the laws of physics did? What would someone from a more peaceful world think of ours? Would a person who changed the world involuntarily have a responsibility to consciously influence the direction of the change?

There is a lot of unintentional prejudice in this world, a casual failure to think about groups of people whose existence is too easily ignored. That’s why increasing the visibility of people who are different is so important, both in reality and in fiction.

To be honest, including diverse characters in my fiction hardly takes much effort; it seems to be something I just do naturally, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. (Actually, I think that Project Quintessence has more LGBT characters than it would if the characters’ traits were chosen to fit some quota.) But I am paying attention to how I handle it.

Bisexual people are still underrepresented in fiction. Polyamory is so rarely discussed that my spell checker doesn’t recognize the word. And you practically never see an intersex character in anything that doesn’t revolve around them being intersex. Maybe it’s ego, but I would like to think that including these kinds of characters in fiction might in some small way improve the situation of someone in real life.

I also strongly agree with what Jay Dee Archer, who nominated me, said about education and science. I’ve had this idea for a couple of weeks now for a new regular feature on this blog that uses examples from popular culture to discuss science, and I think I’m ready to say that I’ll be doing it.

What can you do to change the world?  Join this project to help encourage others to do the right thing and make the world a better place to live.  Write a blog post about what you do or could do to help your community, country, or other people become better.  If you need some ideas, you can find some on the Change the World project’s main page.  When you have finished, please nominate at least one other blogger to answer this challenge and link to their blog.  Also, please link back to the person who challenged you. Include this text in your blog post.  You are under no obligation to take part in this. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!

I nominate:


 Bronze Dog


Greta Christina


And here is the  blog of the person who nominated me.