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
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
- That it actually is a state; its been one since January 3, 1960.
- That we are US citizens and you dont need a visa to travel here.
- That you can actually spend American money here.
- That it isnt dark and cold all year round.
- That less than 10 percent is privately owned, that most of the rest of
it is parks and refuges and wildernesses that belong to the American people
and they should come visit it more often.
- That a lot of us think the Ketchikan Bridge to Nowhere is just as dumb
as they think it is,
- That no one knows if there is a recoverable amount of crude oil under
ANWR and we should find out before we start fighting over getting it out,
- That yes, we do get a check from the state every year based on oil
production from the North Slope but that not all of us think its such a
good idea. Although nobody turns it down.