Newtown Literary’s Q&A with novelist Christopher X. Shade

What inspires you?

I love talking to people, asking them questions, hearing their stories. This is the beating heart of my novel, The Good Mother of Marseille. To have conversations about things that are important to you personally. Opening up, being authentic with the person you’re talking to, and being authentic with yourself. It’s a path to understanding each other better, if at least a little bit more with each conversation, and to coming to terms with our own imperfect selves.

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