Having grown up in south Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, I, as well as many family members, paid a heavy price for that. I knew the gravity of young Jessica Hagan’s words and those of other victims I interviewed and quote in Vampire of Macondo.
What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?
When young, I regularly indulged in the great fictions that captivated the innocent spirit of youth. Now, as a human rights news reporter, staying up-to-date on rights violations consumes my reading time.
There’s no shortage of human rights violations. Many of these result from non-renewable energy assaults on Mother Earth. Readers, victims and other rights defenders email tips and stories to me, all worthy of reading and considering when I write.
Often, I find myself longing to write more children’s books. Often, I think I’ll do that when I’m more into my silver or golden years because writing children’s books is far easier for me. For now, my heart is in advocating for human rights of targeted individuals, prisoners and, of course, Big Energy victims.
What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?
1. Laptop and battery charger,
2. Cell phone,
(Not necessarily in that order.)
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
The conventional meaning of super power entails a nation state that disdains the Golden Rule on the pretext of a fictitious Exceptionalism. That can’t possibly be justified.
The only kind of super power I would have would be an enlightened people who would create a world based on happiness, peace and human need rather than hatred, violence and greed.
What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?
I want to leave a footprint of compassion, the essence of human rights. The American dream has been shattered. Compassion and courage of Americans described throughout Vampire of Macondo, however, manifest determination and hope that help make it possible to restore and co-create a better world based on human rights.
 Michael Edward, Jessica Hagan Interview, Living Light Network, March 2011 cited in Dupré, Gulf people dropping dead: 13-year old Jessica Hagan explains child, adult Gulf Plague horror, Examiner, 26 March 2011: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/gulf-people-dropping-dead-13-year-old-jessica-hagan-explains-child-adult-gulf-plague-horror-video
 Dupré, Censored Gulf News: Ex-Astronaut says Gulf Plague ‘shocking,’ ‘scary’, Examiner, 25 Feb. 2011: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/censored-gulf-news-ex-astronaut-says-gulf-plague-shocking-and-scary#ixzz1mEiUMFLQ