Do you have a favorite character in the Dogwood? Why?
Will has to be the obvious choice because he’s the one with the biggest heart, he loves Karin with all of his being, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to regain her love. I have to mention Ruthie, however, because I think all of us have a Ruthie in our lives that speaks truth to us and helps us move forward. Without Ruthie, Will can’t accomplish his task.
How much research did Dogwood take?
Since I grew up in a town like Dogwood, I took the characters from people I had seen, but some of the prison scenes and the law enforcement angle took a little more time.
What was the most interesting fact that you learned while researching and writing Dogwood?
This may seem weird, but West Virginia led the country in deaths per capita in Viet Nam than any other state. Some of that material was edited from the final version of the book and didn’t fit, but many sons of the hills gave their lives in that conflict.
Is this the beginning of a series; or a stand-alone?
The book stands alone, but there will be two others to follow that will have the same setting—different time periods, but the same setting.