You took up writing fiction after retirement. What compelled you to pursue the craft?
Actually, I worked in the corporate world my whole career—about forty years—a good many of those years in sales and marketing, which involved working on annual and strategic plans. So, I’ve had lots of experience writing fiction.
Okay, that’s funny, but why did you want to write this story—Waiting for Zoë?
I give my mother credit for putting the notion of writing a book into my head. In 1976, at age sixty-three, she wrote a short memoir. It was an impressive achievement, full of warm reminiscences of growing up on a farm and some signal events in her life. I thought, “One day, I could do something like that.” It only took me another thirty-some years to take on the challenge of writing a novel.