Michael McDermott


Violence in war zones

The violence against civilians that has occurred in Ukraine at the hands of Russian soldiers – especially the recent accounts of sexual violence that have come […]

Is the use of the terms “Republican” and “democrat” in my book a statement about the relative merits of the political parties in the US?

No. “Republican” in In the Name of the Father is used to refer to a citizen of the Republic – the sole surviving state of the […]

Should all books be read in the same way?

It might seem like a weird question. After all, reading is reading, right? Does it even matter how you go about it? In my opinion, yes! […]

Why I wrote violence into the book

It’s realistic and forces the reader to confront it The fictional environment in the story is an extremely dark one; the regime in control of society […]

Dystopian worlds

Dystopian fiction is making a comeback. If you look at the most popular books in the dystopian genre on Goodreads, you will find that six of […]

All in?

I recently had a question from a friend: “Have you gone ‘all in’ with this whole ‘writing a book’ thing?” Before they asked, I hadn’t thought […]