When I started Out Stealing Horses, I had no idea that the war would be in that book. Then some friction crept in - an unease between the two fathers. And I thought to myself: what can that be? Well, this is the 1940s. It has to be something about the war. Shit. I'll have to write about the war. Then I have to do research, and I hate research. Of course, now it seems that the war is essential to the story.