Most of the books that have influenced and touched me the most are historical fiction. When I was a child I read a lot of Dickens, Poe and H.H. Monroe. Some of my favorites from the past are “The Quincunx”, by Charles Palliser, “Instance of the Fingerpost” by Iain Pears, “The Weight of Water” by Anita Shreve, and “The Source” by James Mitchener. I also read everything by Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. Currently I’m re-reading a book called “The Long Home” by William Gay who is, to me, one of the best writers in American fiction today.
There was always a tremendous sense of pride in my family of the courage and audacity of Martha Carrier. “The Heretic’s Daughter” is a love letter to all of those relatives, distant and near, who kept the stories alive, and a tribute to all of the men and women who suffered and died as a result of their bravery in holding fast to the truth of their innocence.