Frequently Asked Questions

How did you get the idea for The Underground?

The honest-to-God truth is that I dreamt it! I had a nightmare one night that was so vivid I awoke and realized I had just been given a gift. I raced downstairs and spent the next 3 hours outlining what I had dreamed (with some embellishments, of course!). That was the nucleus of The Underground.

How long did it take to write it?

About six months.

What is your writing process like?

The answer to that can be found on my writing home page.

Are any of the characters based on real people?

That one’s simple. No.

How did you nail the rural West Virginia accent?

First, I lived in North Carolina for two years and did some work in rural West Virginia as a consultant. I love listening to different languages and dialects. I deplore the fact that our dialects in this country are becoming homogenized. The dialogue in my novels is never meant as anything other than the highest compliment to its users.

How did you know the details of New York City adoptions?

Isn’t the Internet wonderful? I did some basic research and then proceeded to bend a few of the facts. Hey, this is fiction, right?