When I was little, my Polish grandpa took me for walks through the alleys of Chicago. I would collect treasures—rubber bands and marbles, perfectly good pencils, maple leaves and robins’ eggs—and take them home to put in a box under my bed. I think that’s what being a writer is like. The treasures I collect now are bits of information, fantasies, memories, and imaginings, and I take them and put them in a story.
I write historical fiction, novels that may be about made up characters and events but take place in a real time or place. In 2016, my first book of fantasy will be published, Grayling's Song.