Inspiration for Spartak

San Francisco Bay Times – June 24, 2016

What was the spark that ignited your novel?

“I was bored with endless pundits and academics prognosticating about a possible dark future for America.  I wanted to make it real, on my terms, through fiction.

“This kind of story had to be physical, visceral, uncomfortable, exciting, sexual, emotional, disturbing and thought provoking, a tale that could be read from different levels, set forty years after the collapse of the middle class. And it had to be in my town, San Francisco.”

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