Interview with Afro-futurist writer Agnes Gomillion
“I wanted people to reflect on their relative state of freedom.”
Episode 67 – Agnes Gomillion – Show Notes
- Writes something every day – maybe poetry or notes but not necessarily her ‘work-in-progress’
- Poetry, songs and lyrical writing
- Sleep is writing fuel of choice
- Afrofuturism – lift the audience from reality for the purpose of looking back and better understanding African-American culture.
- Humanity with an African-American lens.
- Writing about the underlying person brings different people together.
- ‘Story’ by Robert McKee – how to create a character and how to use structure to ‘show, don’t tell’.
- Having to incorporate more structure in the writing day with children
- Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones, Stephen King
- Frederick Douglass inspired The Record Keeper with his spirit of freedom. The story of how someone overcomes their fear set in a dystopia after World War 3.
- Octavia Butler comparisons
- Working on the sequel – The Seed of Cain.
“Humanity with an afro-futurist bent.”
“Slavery is more than physical chains.”