This week I’m talking with Ferrett Steinmetz, who’s debut novel, Flex is out now from Angry Robot. Flex has been described as “Breaking Bad meets meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files,” and it has a lot of themes to explore (such as body image and the limits on magic), but we’re talking about the basis of the book’s magical system: obsession.
Ferrett’s short fiction
The Nebula-nominated novella Sauerkraut Station
Dr. Strange Syndrome
When you have a big flabby magical system, I never know if the character is in danger.
In the real world, you can also achieve great things if you’re obsessed
Dude, what if you, like, made Felix Felicis potion, and then under its influence tried to make more?!
Get him out of the house and making bad decisions
The internet is a glorious magnification of obsession
Nobody cares if you’re a writer, but you
Screw you, brain!
This bizarre combination of egotism and humility
Discussion questions for the comments:
How much obsession is too much and how much is too little for a writer?
How do you balance the egotism necessary to believe other people will pay for your work with the humility to improve your work when it’s bad?
How much of what we do is work at all, and how much play?