Seen in that context, what do you believe is the chief significance of your own work?
Well, it prevents me from destroying, defiling, or otherwise debauching myself and my immediate surroundings… most days, anyway.
What do you envision as your role in the evolution of the genre?
I believe that good books eventually find good readers—maybe not as many as they should, or as soon as they ought to, but the stories that come raging up out of some profound place in a writer with the skill, vision, and hell-bent determination to bring them to life or go mad trying become little word-crafted gods of eternal power and possibility. As a reader, I am committed to finding and supporting such stories in whatever genre I may find them; as a writer, I can only hope to float a few of my own out like messages in a bottle cast across oceans of time and place and into the hands of a reader waiting to begin the secret dialogue contained within.