Why Exile?

My books are set primarily on Washington Island, located in Lake Michigan about four miles off the tip of Door County Wisconsin. From the first moment I crossed Death’s Door on the ferry, Washington Island took hold of me. I often tell people that I live in exile from the Island, which they tend to assume is a joke. But the truth is that whatever magic the place weaves has utterly ensnared me, and when I am not there I am thinking about being there, imagining being there, and, well, writing about being there.

I suppose I write these books so that I can create for myself a sense of being on the Island, even when I’m not.

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