How do you see the US continuing on this path of trading in freedom for safety today?Do you think there is anything we can do to stop the cycle of giving up freedom for safety, or even regain some of the freedoms we've lost?
What do you think that the next generation should do to make our country more about privacy?
What are your personal opinions on the Patriot Act, and the surveillance of the country? Do you think that there are strictly right and wrong answers about privacy vs. safety debate?
At what point do you think the United States started to cross the boundary of invading peoples privacy and how far past that point is the government today?
What is the most pivotal piece of Marcus as a character that makes him such a powerful insurgent and motivator?
If you intended for your audience to be younger, what did you want to accomplish by writing Little Brother?
How does the US affect what other countries do in Little Brother? Did you have that in mind while writing it?
Did you write this book as a warning? If so, to what generation?
What can the next generation do to be more aware of privacy vs. safety and security? What can be done to make privacy more important?
What inspired you to write this book? Did you relate this book purposefully to 1984?
Where do you think the line is between privacy and security, and do you think that the government crossed that line?
Was there any specific meaning behind the names of your characters? How have your personal experiences affected your writing?
When writing Little Brother, did you need motivation to keep adding to it each day, week, etc. If so, what kept you inspired and motivated to finish it?
In little brother, you somewhat touch on the point of how we're controlled by our government; what inspires you to write about such things? are you afraid by our government's abilities?
What was the first thing that you saw happening in the world or that you read inspired you to write a book of this demeanor?
Where you inspired to write Little Brother because you're living in London, one of the most infamous cities for public surveillance? Do you think you would feel the same suspicion of the government if you had grown up in a different city?
What were some of the main literary pieces and influences, if any,that you pulled ideas from or were inspired by when you were writing Little Brother?
Did any other novels such as Fahrenheit 451, or 1985 help inspire you to write Little Brother?
Do you think that our society could one day become like the society presented in Little Brother? If so, how can we prevent this from happening? Also, any writing tips?
In your opinion, what is more important; privacy or safety, or is it a balance of both?Did any of your personal experiences influence any of the topics in your book?
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it a personal experience?
Why did you make the setting of Little Brother in San Francisco when you live in London? Was there some significance to making the setting in California? Was it because there were a few really big bridges there to help with the story?
Do you think that the society we live in right now is headed for this kind of future? If so, why. Do you think that there is anyway we could prevent this or at least slow it down.
Did 9/11 influence your writing?What would be your advice to us if we wanted to stop the increase in technology used for ‘security’ but aren’t as intelligent as Marcus?
Do you think we'll ever get to the point in society where people will stop seeing the problem of extreme surveillance and lose basic freedoms and individuality?
From my understanding you used to live in San Francisco. Why did you choose to make the setting in San Francisco? was there any thing you notice while you were living there that made you make it the setting?
Who or what inspired you to create characters like Ange and Marcus? How do their beliefs relate to your own?
Where did you get the ideas/ characters / themes for this book?If you had to write another book, what would it be about?If you were Marcus or one of the other characters from Little Brother, what advice would you give us today?
How do you feel about the heavy surveillance in London?Do you think our generation is capable of getting privacy back?
Did anyone you know inspire the personalities of the characters? What else gave you ideas for the characters?
In your opinion, who is the general enemy? During the Cold War, the US's primary enemy was the USSR and communism. So now, who would you consider as "the bad guy"?
If the government is causing fear in people's hearts, although it may be for 'good intentions', then would you agree that they are technically the terrorists?How far should our government go to meet the wants and needs of the people? To what extent are they permitted to respond to our demands?
Did you write the book "Little Brother" as a prediction of where you think we would be or did you write it because of what you thought about 1984?
Why did you have Marcus romantically involved with Ange? Why didn't you choose to make her just a best friend?
Why did you choose for the Department of Homeland Security to be "the bad guy" rather than another federal department such as the FBI or the NSA?What inspired you to write "Little Brother"?
Do you think it is truly likely that this world may become a dystopia like in 1984 and other books? If so, how likely do you think it is and why?
How close do you think our society today is to becoming the society in your book?Do you think there is a point of no return? A point where we can never go back to how we once were?
Why did you choose to have the San Francisco Bay Bridge as the spot the terrorists attack in your book? Does it have to do with a personal experience or is it a prediction of what might be the next target for real terrorists?
Do you believe that governments ought to be judged equally by incentives and actions?
Little Brother was published in 2008, 7 years ago, do you think its possible that our society may head in the direction taken in your novel or has the government kept a safe distance from the people?2.Was your writing inspired by the events of 9/11 or did you notice other things that may lead society in the direction of complete government surveillance demonstrated in Little Brother? If so what were they?3.In your opinion, what's a bigger threat to society in the modern era: terrorists or hackers? Is it possible to eliminate these threats without the government having total surveillance?
Do you think that the US is headed for the type of society like in Little Brother? Are we already there?
Do you think in today's society a group like the party could take over, or would there be fighting?Is there any one moment in your life that made you think to write this book?