"Often the tip is something I already know; often it’s about a feature that I don’t think I’d ever use, and sometimes—like today—it provides a solution to a problems that’s been vexing me for weeks."
It's my job to present old stories for today's readers. I want people to read straight through my stuff and say: "That's interesting."
"Like a Cubist painting, the final narrative won’t always arrange things in the way that people are used to seeing them, but I hope it will be compelling and enlightening."
"Emma couldn’t have known that Yellow Wolf and his band of Nez Perce scouts had seen the bonfire and were planning to attack the camp the next morning."
"If I were writing fiction, it would be easy to foreshadow the drama . . ."
Most of the time I think I’ll write my next book, Encounters in Yellowstone, as narrative history, but when I hit a dead end in my research, I’m tempted to switch to historical fiction.
What would it feel like to wake up in a wilderness with a lead slug embedded in your skull and remember watching your wife being dragged away by hostile Indians?