“What about Mississippi, Shadows?”

“That was started by my father, and I took the characters and tried fleshing them out—making them more real. His side is probably a lot more darker than mine, but he was probably in that head space, and needed to purge. I can understand that. It takes place in the 1950’s south, in Mississippi. It was a different world back then. Now it seems terribly racist, but back then it’s the way it was. I think I had to live in the south to get the idioms and dialog down right. There’s no way I could have done that living in the Chicago area. I know it has a bit of anticlimactic ending, but most of the story has closure. That gap allows the author to do a sequel or two, and I would like to do a couple of sequels to bring it into the present time. I do appreciate the irony—after all, the book was a generational work.”