Snakes deals with domestic violence, which is back in the spotlight this week with Rihanna's 20/20 interview. This is a brave, disturbing interview. I find it fascinating that people still feel that abuse has to be provoked; that she must have done something to 'deserve' this. It was seeing message boards and hearing interviews of women accusing Rihanna of inciting this behavior that sparked me to write this novel, which had been brewing in my head for a decade. I began dreaming about these characters; I began seeing them on the street, hearing them in my head. Now, after their lives have been written, I must ensure that the book is both true to their stories and true to the stories of Rihanna and the millions of women who deal with domestic violence.
I hope there aren't any parts that people skip. I hope that this novel resonates without being preachy or sanctimonious. I hope that it works.