Interview with Su J. Sokol

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the summer of 2011, after completing three years of working at my job full-time and having 25% of my pay set aside for a pre-paid sabbatical. During this sabbatical, I completed my first draft of Cycling to Asylum and I also had my first short story, "Je me souviens", published.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is the story of a family in the near future who are forced to flee a dystopic New York City. They cross into Québec from the United States by bicycle and ask for refugee status. The story is written from the present tense, first person perspective of the four main characters, including two children, but this is an adult novel. Cycling to Asylum is a tale of activism, a cycling adventure, a family drama and an outside-of-the-box love story. There are parts that are dark but the book also has humour, and ultimately, it is full of hope. I came up with the story one day while biking home from my job at a community organization that works with immigrants and refugees, among others.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a story to tell that was not mainstream and that crossed genres. Being an indie author seemed inevitable.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When my characters and their stories become real to other people.
What are you working on next?
Another novel that crosses boundaries.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Octavio Butler, Marge Piercy, Ellen Kushner, and Cory Doctorow, to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At my job working for a community organization, with family and friends biking, cooking, listening to music, gardening, reading, partying and planning a workable utopia.
Published 2014-07-24.
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Books by This Author

Cycling to Asylum
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,720. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Alternative history
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In a near-future, dystopian New York City, a family is forced to flee. They cross the border by bicycle into Quebec and apply for refugee status.