Many of the details in LETTERS FROM RIFKA came directly from interviews with my great aunt. There really was a milkman in Belgium who helped little Aunt Lucy find her way home. There really was a sailor aboard the ship who polished the decks by skating across them with brushes attached to his shoes. My great uncle really did present a banana to Aunt Lucy on Ellis Island to see what she would do. But other details I made up to move the story forward. All good fiction is like that, don’t you think…a balance of imagination and experience?
“How many of the details in LETTERS FROM RIFKA are true?”