When I wrote Across the Deep, it took me a decade.
A decade of sifting through the historical record and the treasure trove of letters and journals left to me and my cousins by my grandfather. Every new thing I read brought these people to life in new and vibrant ways.
You see, it’s one thing to have a family tree with names and dates. (Many families don’t even have that much, beyond a couple of generations.) Even old black and white photographs can only take you so far. It’s the stories that really matter.