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Describe your latest book.
The Shadow Land
is a novel about Bulgaria. Actually, its main character is a young American woman who travels to Bulgaria in 2008 without knowing much about the country, trying to escape a tragedy in her life back home. She’s been in the capital, Sofia, for about an hour when she ends up accidentally taking someone else’s bag — only to discover too late that it contains an urn of human ashes. The Shadow Land
is the story of her search for the family to whom she hopes to return this precious item, and her quest for the history of the man whose ashes she carries. I worked on it for nearly eight years, returning often to Bulgaria to conduct research and interviews, and to travel to the settings I wanted to use. I can hardly believe this labor of love has finally become a book. It gave me a whole new life as a writer, internally...