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Dan Powers grew up in Chicago but has lived in Door County since 1986. He worked in the Sevastopol School District until 2003, then for 10 years in the Howard-Suamico schools, where his work coaching staff and students about writing and reading motivated him to pen his debut novel in retirement. Learn more at danpowerswrites.com.
Where did the idea for your novel, How Long a Shadow, come from, and what’s it about?
My Chicago roots reach back to the 1850s. While working on family genealogy some years ago – mostly because of the lack of family stories, especially about my paternal grandfather – I experienced how the past slowly emerges through the generations and mingles with the present, leading to questions of self and identity. The characters and plot of How Long a Shadow emerged from that experience.
In what way does your connection with Door County influence your writing?
For Kevin Cullerton, the main character in How Long a Shadow, Door County is a contrast to his family history and his earlier life in Chicago. This is true for a lot of the former Chicagoans who are drawn to the county.
Talk about your writing process.
I usually have only a general idea when I begin each day. That acts as a seed. I begin by rereading, revising and pruning the previous day’s work before going forward with new material. I’ve learned to trust that in the new work, new seeds will emerge that I’ll find worth keeping and expanding the following day.
What are the most important elements of good writing?
I think good writing focuses on three key elements: idea, organization and word choice. If these are strong and well crafted, readers will engage with the text, no matter the genre.
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