The first line of author Peter Heller’s latest book “The River” reads, “They had been smelling smoke for two days.”
At the Montvale on June 25 Heller was interviewed by Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley and dived into the origin stories of his books, including “The River.”
“I start with the first line and a story comes out of it,” Heller said. “I follow the music and the language.”
But along the way, he said, he bumps into motifs and issues that he cares about.