Inspired by True Stories

with Helen Humphreys and Nicole Smith

How does a writer create fiction from history?

1947: a lonely boy in a small farming town befriends the local tramp. He then witnesses a murder. In her latest book, Rabbit Foot Bill: A Novel, Helen Humphreys tells the stories of Leonard Flint and Rabbit Foot Bill, examining the frailty and resilience of the human mind. How did she unearth the inner lives of these characters? What motivated her research and writing process? And what advice does she have for writers who are similarly inspired by true stories? 


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