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.”