Congratulations on you 2010 Christy nomination for the Passion of Mary Margaret!
Thank you so much. It’s always a pleasure to get a nod of approval from the readers who judge the Christys. I’m honored.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m well into middle age now and am starting, finally, to get gray hairs! Recently, I opened a tea café called Cuppa, here in my city. It’s been a real experience being a small business owner, one that, while exhausting (no more sitting in front of a computer all day!) is extremely rewarding. I’m married with three kids, ages 20, 16, and 13. We have chickens in the back of our city yard, and are really into the whole sustainability thing. Will raises gardens for food during the summer. We host people around our dining room table a lot.
What inspired you to write Resurrection in May?
You know what? I can’t remember! I think I was really wrestling with the whole matter of the death penalty, and writing this book helped me figure out what I believe as I put the story down.
Is any part of Resurrection in May factual?
Some of the settings are, for instance, the genocide in Rwanda. But how it played out in the village of my main character was mostly from my imagination, bits and pieces from accounts I read cobbled together in there as well. Truly, I couldn’t do what happened justice. I just tried to make it as honorable a telling as I could within the story I had chosen to tell.
How closely is Resurrection in May based on your own life experiences?
Pretty much nothing in Resurrection in May resembles anything I’ve ever done, or any way I’ve ever been!
How did you choose the location for the setting?
I wanted to write a book placed in Kentucky this time, where I live now, instead of Maryland, where I’m from and where most of my books are set. I chose Beattyville because it’s a very depressed town yet with enough verve for what I needed.