Posted on 04/30/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Instead, she was facing some physical and mental challenges.
In a twist of fate that an author might not dare to write, Sweeney-Baird had contracted COVID-19 … and was, at the same time, revising a novel about a virus that was devastating the world, thanks to a slow global reaction.
Now that Sweeney-Baird has recovered and released that novel, she’s had time to reflect on the eerie feeling of having written such a prescient novel — her fictional virus even began in a pangolin in its first draft, finished in December 2019 — and readers’ relationship with other plague-based novels during the height of COVID.
You can read her thoughts on essentially writing a COVID novel, before COVID, in the Guardian.
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