What inspired this book?--Marshal Zeringue
I was telling someone about a person I knew in middle school whose sister was kidnapped. And I remembered what terrible children we'd all been—we gossiped about her behind her back as "the sister of the kidnapped." It was real to her, but not to us. I wrote the first 10 pages two years ago and the following summer I wrote the book. Nora is the kidnapped girl, and Sissy is her sister.
Was the real-life kidnap victim ever found?
No. I still look up the case occasionally, but she has never been found.
The reader is never entirely sure which of Nora's possible fates is the true one. What is the final impression you intend to leave with the reader?
I loved Nora so much that I...[read on]