When I told people about The Northeast Quarter, one of the responses was “Oh. It’s set during The Great Depression. Like Grapes Of Wrath.” Actually, it takes place ten years before – between 1918 and 1929. A closer approximation of the time period would be found in Splendor In The Grass – as America slides from a post-war boom into financial breakdown.
Looking back, it was volunteer work which got me into this line of endeavor. In 1985 I volunteered to move sets and scenery for a ramshackle theater group in Santa Monica, CA. I ended up writing material for them. Sometimes when you give, you do receive.