I wish I could speak with ironclad certainty about the right of fiction writers to portray anyone, from any culture, in any way we wish. In her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Lionel Shriver, a celebrated U.S. author, adamantly took that stance. Her argument appeared sound: the genre is fiction, therefore it's made up, imaginary, and nobody should take offense.
"Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage." Having escaped certain death in Indiana's scariest caves in Last Words (2015), private investigator Mark Novak returns to his old haunts in Montana in pursuit of the man who murdered his wife in Cassadaga, Florida--a strange town known for its psychics.
As Vaughn says, the most rewarding part of fiction writing is that she gets to choose how her stories end -- something that's not true in her experience as a newscaster. But ultimately, by using her writing as vehicle to support charitable causes, Vaughn hopes that her writing will result in more happy endings -- not just in her fictional worlds, but in real life, too.