Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
That would be the novel Sophronia L. I like writing about strangers in strange lands, yet, time and time again, I’ve been told I should write about places and characters familiar to me. The place I am “from” is Martha’s Vineyard Island. In the 19th century the Vineyard had a substantial, well-integrated deaf community (with their own sign language) and was a major whaling center, producing many Captains and Wampanoag native "boatsteerers" (harpooners). This seemed like a good place to start. Along the voyage I was able to incorporate the "strangers in strange lands" motif to my liking.