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FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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series, and the fine art of cultivating suspension of disbelief. The interview, which took place last spring, has been edited and condensed. Why do you believe Trap the Devil will cause a stir? Bruner [the chief villain] and his cabal believe that radical Islam is like a fever, taking over and spreading. Some people will say, "Just how crazy is that guy? Maybe we should do that." What would you say to them? Well, we shouldn't wipe out a quarter of the earth's population. If you were to take Trump and some of his followers, Bruner takes their nationalism times 10. He's willing to destroy the Constitution and destroy the American government in order to save it. That to me is not patriotism. I think his goal is monstrous, but the reason he wants to do it is because he watched his 10-year- old daughter get blown up by a suicide bomber. In many ways, that destroyed him. I obviously want to have the readers root against my villains, but I also want them to realize they are not sim- ply cartoon characters. Do you think a coup could happen here? No. I'm more fearful of government becoming so big and so systemic everywhere in society that it doesn't matter who is president or who is in Congress. Trump showed that. He's a reality star, and he's been elected president. Will things change? I doubt it. Maybe he will make a difference. Maybe we will have a president who can coalesce more of the population. But I think we're in for four years of little things going on around the edges. Are you getting any story ideas from the Trump administration? I see a character based on Jared Kushner. I have a problem with a lot of stuff going on in the White House, and a 36-year-old son-in-law who is in charge of everything tops the list. He married into his job like he inherited his business. What was your reaction to news of alleged Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee emails? It didn't surprise me. I think [Russian President Vladimir] Putin saw it as more of a prank. To me it was like the equivalent of toilet papering someone's house. If Russia had wanted to hack their way into voting machines, they probably could have. I don't think the Russians and Chinese are doing everything they could do to us because they fear what we'd do to them. 171 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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