Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Two things: I found out that a great uncle of mine was homeless on the streets of Toronto for his entire adult life. Also, I moved to Boston where I encountered many homeless people. I love noir detective fiction and thought that no one had yet done justice to the homeless investigator. There is a great web page about homeless people in detective fiction, most of which have to do with the homeless as either victim or perpetrator, or more often, falsely-accused perpetrator. VERY few of the homeless helped in the investigations. Holmes's Baker Street Irregulars come to mind, but I wanted to write a book about a homeless man who almost accidentally gets caught up in investigating crimes, and why he was homeless. I decided to write a single short story. I thought that would do it. But no, when that one was done, two more appeared in my head, and during the writing of those, I wrote more. And during this process a back story appeared, so I hinted at it, until the culmination of the book steered towards this man who works to get justice for others, finally gets a little for himself.