When I wrote Rocket Man I exaggerated. That's what you do in fiction. You exaggerate to prove a point, make a story move, create a moment. My main character is a guy who moves to the suburbs about to lose everything and then he does. His house, his job, his marriage. He is an everyman, a guy who bought too much house and took on too much debt with too many kids. He questions the American Dream and it's pursuit of materialism. The world implodes around him.
At the time I had created an economic situation that had not come to pass. Until now.I thought like everyone else the Recession was temporary. I assumed there would be a bump and people would dig out. But now like everyone else I see that our situation has become one of stasis. And Rocket Man has turned from a whatif story to a story of our reality. And while a lot of people have not lost their home and questioned their choices and ended up in radically different circumstances, a lot more people can relate to my character, Dale Hammer, than ever before.
And now we see that there is no will to help middle class people at all. We are truly on our own. This is an epiphany Dale comes to understand. That no one will help us but ourselves. I painted a very stark picture of America and the American Dream in decline. I never thought it would become our permanent reality.