Authors should have greater regard for their situation and write about it. I have probably mentioned this a couple of dozen times but as I'm not a best selling author yet, no one has taken much notice. I have written more books than Elif Shafak but she has made the best sellers list.
Elif Şafak born 25 October 1971 is a Turkish author, columnist, speaker and academic. She has been called Turkey's most popular female novelist.
Şafak has published 15 books. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English. Şafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling in stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, and youth. Her writing draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions.
Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 10 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres. She tweets at @Elif_Safak, her website is www.elifshafak.com
Elif believes that European writers need to be more political. Her CV reads as if she would be happy in any political situation and it is unsurprising that she would like writers to get out there in the true, 'the pen is mightier than the sword' position. I know it isn't new, there have been countless authors from round the world imprisoned and worse for their views of the establishment, the point is the more of us who express our concerns the more difficult it is for the governing establishment to keep the ordinary people quiet.
This morning I saw an interesting tongue-in-cheek description of our Tory party's fiscal policy.
Billionaire corporations telling millionaire politicians that ordinary people are greedy!
It is that type of short comment that is punchy and relevant to today's social media driven culture. It fits into twitter as it is only 99 characters! And thereby hangs the tale! In my opinion, it is the rise of social media and the generation that has grown with it that has brought about the changes in western governments.
So come on writers write and change the world!