Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I lost my dad to cancer, and instead of being able to throw myself into my work, I found I'd lost my work, too. I was just finishing a novel in which the protagonist’s dad dies, and a couple months later, that became my reality. Not only was my favorite person in the world gone, but so was the one thing I'd always found solace in. I had to stop working on that book—I couldn’t fictionalize this thing that had actually happened—and I didn’t know if I could or wanted to write anymore. So I did two things, both of which saved me: I traveled and I read. And after a while, I was able to put myself back together, both as a person and as a writer. That's when I realized I had a story to tell after all.