Meet Michelle Fernandez, author of a climate-themed novel titled 'Eminent Domain'
Note: she's looking for a publisher, if anyone is interested
by staff writer, The Cli-Fi Report
So she sat down to write a novel titled "Eminent Domain," set in 2016 in Albany, New York, the state capital, and in a recent email interview she was gracious enought to take the time to answer our questions.
Meet Michelle Fernandez.
When asked what inspired her to write a climate-themed novel, the Albany-based writer said: "I've always been preoccupied with climate change, since I was a little girl. I was the kind of kid who sat in the basement reading about tornadoes and scaring myself to death while my peers were jumping rope.
"In the 1960s, then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller invoked 'eminent domain' to clear out and demolish a forty-block chunk in the heart of the city, Albany's oldest immigrant neighborhood, scattering its residents into the suburbs," she said. "In its place, he built the Empire State Plaza, a massively expensive government office complex which, for many people in Albany, persists as a giant symbol of centrality in government gone wrong. I'm interested in the idea of public vsersus private property and the limits of control. It became a natural metaphor for human relationships. Who has a right to whose heart? "
"Maximize personal enjoyment, minimize negative impact on the world around you," she said, without missing a beat.
When asked which cli-fi novel already published she has enjoyed reading the most, Michelle said she liked ''The Stone Gods'' by Jeanette Winterson, a complex and cautionary climate-fiction tale.
In the course of writing this interview profile, we learned that Michelle has a rare neurological condition called "hydrocephalus," and when asked if living with the medical condition and undergoing six brain operations inspired or motivated her or influenced in the writing of the novel, she explained it this way.