A Q&A with Dana Stabenow
Why did you take a break from your series to write a thriller, and how
does it feel to return to the Kate Shugak series?
To see if I could, to flex muscles between my ears that I didnt even know were there. And because for research I got to go on patrol in the Bering Sea with the US Coast Guard. And after creating an entirely new world, its fun to go back and revisit the old one. Whats Kate getting up to now? What? What!
Can you discuss some of Kate's internal and external pressures/challenges in her community?
Shes being pushed to take a public place in the community, and she is an intensely private person. Shes not a person used to compromise, and compromise is what public governance is all about. Its going to be interesting to see if she can succeed.
Are you anything like Kate? In what way?
She is an intensely private person. Im like her in that. Otherwise, my moms friend Darlene says that Kate is me and my best friend Kathy smooshed together into one person. Thats about as close as anyones ever come to plucking out the heart of Kates mystery.
What do you wish people knew about Alaska, and the people who live there?
I wish they knew
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