october 14, 2014lc 008

For a brief period, before I set down a single word, as I began imagining the project, I referred to it as The Klan Book. It didn’t take long, however, for the scope of the book to widen. I began my serious research for WITNESS in the courtroom, watching the judge preside over hearings on numerous cases. WITNESS, essentially, is a trial, where the cast of characters testify regarding what they saw, thought, felt, and heard when the Klan came to town. Because that was my concept for the book from the beginning, it bore that title all the way through the writing process. Other books may have experienced a dozen different title changes, but WITNESS, from the time I started writing, never changed titles.