We’ve all met someone like Jolyon, the main character of The Pavement Poet - snarky, unkind, and unwilling to take things in good faith. Come to think of it, I’ve been that person myself on many occasions, only to realise later on that being judgmental where no judgment was needed was an ungenerous and selfish way to be in the world. But that’s the difference between me and Jolyon. That’s why he gets what’s coming to him in the first story in Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster. I wrote Jolyon the way he is to remind myself how not to act and think. I can only hope that I’m not like him most of the time.