Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
After Safelight and Black Flies I was rooting around, looking for a new subject, when I stumbled across some trapper’s journals and fell in love with the reckless, carefree world they depicted. I grew up reading adventure novels like Kidnapped and Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe and White Fang. I love books like that and I had always wanted to try my hand at something along those lines, but I didn’t know that much about trapping or that time period. So, I read a little more. I went out west, driving up the Missouri, staying at places where the trappers stayed, camping out, hiking up the drainages they trapped in, getting a feel for it. I did that a few times. I kept reading. And one day, after a year or so, I started to write without much of a plan, which is unusual for me. It took years to shape the book into the present novel, but that was the inception.