Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Cara Lopez Lee
My most recent book is Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW, and as you can tell from the subtitle it's not my story but a collaboration with a Vietnam War veteran. Robert Wideman spent an astonishing six years as a prisoner of war. I grew up watching the Vietnam War unfold on TV, so I've always been fascinated with that piece of history. It was an enriching educational experience to learn his story in depth and get a feeling for an aspect of the war I knew little about. More than that, it was a privilege to become friends with the resilient, intelligent, thoughtful man who lived it, someone I would never have gotten to know if it weren't for the story he wanted to share.