The setting for THE ROANOKE GIRLS came to me before anything else. My mother grew up in a small town in Kansas, and I visited it often as a child. The rhythms of small town life were fascinating to me, even then, and I knew I wanted to set a story in that part of the world. Once I had the setting, the character of Lane evolved pretty quickly. But it took a long time for me to figure out the exact story. I knew I wanted it to include a missing girl, suspense, and family drama, but the particulars were elusive. But one day the entire arc of the story came to me and after that I couldn’t write fast enough. The novel was darker than anything I’d written previously, and I discovered I enjoyed exploring those shadowy corners of the human psyche.