Anat Deracine in the news

Interviews and media appearances with

Anat Deracine, author, technologist and webcomic producer

Disruptive Seasons Live 2021

No heroes: Disrupting the system sustainably

Author and technologist Anat Deracine leverages her 15 years of experience to deliver an inspirational talk to new technologists on why the hero's journey leads to burnout.

Inspirational Woman: Anat Deracine | Author & Technologist

"I’m not the same person I was ten years ago, or even ten days ago. I don’t tie my identity to the past, and am comfortable with evolving as I need to. This makes me open to growth, to making mistakes and learning from them. I know no successful person who has not learned to pick themselves up from failure."

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How and why Anat Deracine is helping to chnage our world

"If I could ask three things of people, they would be to uplift the voices of those whom governments aim to silence, to question any assumptions regarding gender roles they may have inherited from their parents or cultures, and to think of solutions that don’t just help one individual cope with a broken system but actually change the system to liberate everyone."

The book’s central theme is “friendships can destroy or be what saves you,” she says. Another key theme is courage, which many female characters display in different ways, such as sacrificing their dreams to give others freedom, keeping their heads down to protect their loved ones, or fleeing to a new country they know little about.

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“At what point do you recognize that you alone are not going to change the system, you don’t have the power to change the system, and you need to find solid ground before you can help the others who are drowning?” Deracine asks.

"I consider myself a citizen of the world, having lived for years in many countries. At this time in history, when there is so much hyper-focus on identity as being defined by national boundaries, it was important to me to take on an identity that was more global. To be uprooted from one’s native homeland or society can also be a blessing. To be deracine can also mean to be free of the expectations rooted in a single culture."

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"I honestly adored everything about Driving By Starlight! It's immersive, makes you think, has heart wrenching + heart-breaking moments, builds characters and their stories is such a fascinating and absolutely incredible way!"

Lelanie Seyffer: One of my favorite parts of the novel was this one: “We had each been in our corners, hoarding the tiny slice of love we still had, but together we had more than enough for everyone.” One of my favorite things about this story is the female friendship and female relationships found in this book. Can you speak a little bit about those and your experience writing them?

Anat Deracine: I have always been sustained by my friendships with other women, and so I seek these out naturally. It’s easy to get caught up in the false competitions with each other, where we think the things we want (like love, success, or fame) are limited, and that if one of us gets the “prize” there’s less for the rest of us. But as long as we hold to that, we can be manipulated easily, played against each other, and we all lose in the end.