UBC Okanagan's OneBook is coming up in October, as is UBC Vancouver's Alumni Book Club (join us for either! Both! In person or online!), so I'm reposting the image that inspired All True once upon a time. Sorry, library, but I still have the copy I asked you to dredge up from the archives when I had the idea to write this novel. I'm not sure I can bear to return it yet. The cover takes me straight back to 1985, when I was ten years old and staring at National Geographic at school. Titanic and Daniel Boone--what more could a headgear-bedecked infant romantic want? Someone already did Titanic (ahem), but Boone was still available. I couldn't believe it. When the librarian delivered the magazine from the stacks, I hardly had to open it. The image of Daniel carrying his son's body was still framed in my mind, the first spark for All True Not a Lie In It. Seeing him again in this striking illustration by Jack Unruh, I knew I wanted to write his story.
Illustration by Jack Unruh, 1985. Thanks to the artist's estate for permission to reproduce here.
I'm the author of All True Not a Lie In It (Knopf Canada 2015, Ecco USA 2016) and The Old Familiar (Thistledown 2008).