Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Some great novels have been written about the American Civil War, but over the years I noted missing voices: those of slaves, former slaves and women. Also, few novelists have dealt with the traumatic and inglorious events of the spring and summer of 1864. Women (including Clara Barton), former slaves (including Harriet Tubman) and Abraham Lincoln became the principal narrators of "Dawn Drums" as they walked the roads to Richmond. I'm proud of the result.