“A novelist’s quarry is people and relationships. What do they want to know? Putting a novelist in the interviewer’s shoes takes what is implicitly, hopefully elegantly, written into their work and makes it visible.”
When someone asks you what the theme of your story is, it can be a hard question to answer. This doesn’t mean your story doesn’t have one, it just isn’t overt, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, theme isn’t something you want front and centre.