A little calming moment in Chapter 2. Carol somehow became one of my favorite characters to write over the course of the book, even though she starts off as a kind of disorganized. When my dad read the first chapter in Papercutter with Carol’s first couple of pages, he immediately identified her with my mom. They’re not completely alike, but there are definitely some similarities.

For the record, Neil’s dad was originally supposed to be a truck driver who wasn’t around much, but Greg or Galen suggested that it would be easier not to have him in at all as opposed to just for a few pages, and it ended up working out better that way. (The cast of good guys did get pretty overwhelmingly female though…)