The marketplace tells us that good, visceral storytelling has a place. But there are lots of questions about the format that stories take.
As a writer, you should care about reluctant readers. You want these kids to feel like books are amazing and cool and that they're an escape.
I know people who have gone into career death spins, and that's something you're always aware of as a writer.
The sources and research I use for my inspiration aren't your typical sci-fi subjects, but it's really driven by obsession and personal anxiety more than trying to take up the sword and do what's right.
My conception of my ideal reader has expanded quite a lot as I've matured: Ultimately when I think of my ideal reader, it's someone who's not sitting down with the intention of automatically arguing with the book: somebody who's going to give me enough slack to tell my story.