Writing The Other Sex

In an interview, the novelist Ben Schrank describes why he’s drawn to female characters:

 I don’t pretend or claim to know or understand women. But writing about men doesn’t interest me as much… The darkness and cruelty in men’s souls is not something I want to dig into. I watch guys on the subway all the time and I’m just not that curious about what they’re up to. I have a general sense and that’s plenty. That stuff doesn’t need to be fleshed out. We still live too much with the damage men do. But the darkness and cruelty in women’s souls? Women are not so easy to read. They wear masked expressions on the subway that are endlessly inscrutable. For me, women are far more provocative.