Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
The idea for my latest novel Shining Sea, which explores the ripple effect of historical event on society and especially families, came after discovering that my father was, more than a half-century on, still carrying his honorable discharge card from WWII. My own introduction to war, as small child in New York City, came through the angry Vietnam War protests on the streets of my neighborhood and evening body-counts on the TV news. I asked myself: How do my parents' and my own generation's differing attitudes towards war and of participation in war collide? To what degree are personal experiences of and attitudes about conflict passed down through families? Of course, as I began to write the story took on many other facets.