Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
The idea for The Splintered Paddle came from the movie Cape Fear with Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen, and Robert Mitchum. I was fascinated by Max Cady, the villain played by Mitchum, and decided I wanted to write a villain like Cady. The movie, by the way, is based on a novel, The Executioner, by John D. MacDonald, one of my favorite authors. I read the book, saw the updated movie with DeNiro as Cady. From those sources came my ideas for my villain, Norman Traxler.