Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there. Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves. With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.
1. Why do you think the Stillwell pull-out is a kind of magnet for drama, given all the strange things that have happened there over the years?
2. When you talk about laws and boundaries regarding land ownership ultimately being silly, do you think the same might apply to the laws of physics? Is it possible we really don’t belong to our bodies or to any one given reality?
3. What do you think would have happened to the Mexican girl and her baby if you hadn’t taken them in? How are their lives going to be different now that you have?
4. You believe it’s time to stop looking for Tommy Smythe, but that doing so will probably cause a public outcry. Why do you think people are so reluctant to give up the search for a boy even after he’s been missing nearly a year?