Reading and writing go hand in glove with me. Newspaper stories, history books, old textbooks, memoirs – reading them relaxes my mind, sets me thinking and imagining. When I’m reading seriously I have a pencil in hand, marking in the margin intriguing details. All of my novels have required research. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Library and Archives Canada reading trial records, or an investigation into a train crash, or someone’s personal papers that happen to be on file, or chronicles about the North. Too much research, however, bogs me down. At a certain point I set it aside and tackle the spine of the story.