I have been asked on a number of occasions how my latest novel Echo and the White Howl should be interpreted. Is it an historic allegory? A contemporary political allegory? A spiritual allegory? Someone suggested the story alluded to Stalin’s Russia and the way he created famines. Someone else even suggested the story might be about the European Union and Brexit.
Quite honestly, the primary motivation for writing the novel was simply to create a gift for my youngest son, who asked for an adventure story about wolves. If readers want to interpret the book in any other way, they are most welcome to, but certainly there is no intentional message of any kind in the story. Indeed, I take that approach with all my books. I believe that the more one tries to put a message in one’s writing, the more preachy it will sound.
What I do believe, as I have often stated on this blog, is that when one writes purely to tell a story and not deliver a message, what is important to the author will be inherent in the text, and thus be far more palatable and persuasive. So yes, it is possible, perhaps even inevitable, that some of my political and spiritual views are lurking beneath the surface of Echo and the White Howl. I shan’t get into what they might be, as I prefer to leave that to readers to interpret (inaccurately or otherwise). However, some of the themes present in my other works – abuse of power and corruption for example, not to mention the metaphysical elements – appear again here.
Echo and the White Howl is out now. Click here for your Kindle download or paperback copy.