Do you still talk as frequently?
We still speak two or three times a week on the phone and get together five or six times a year. Along with my wife, he’s still my best friend.
Considering you live across the country from one another, how did you write the novel?
Micah and I spoke every day on the phone about the structure, the story, which episodes from our lives to include, and how to describe them. I would ask Micah to write certain sections and he would fax them to me for editing; I would do the same for him. We would each then review every chapter and make appropriate changes.
How much did you write, as opposed to Micah?
In its final—not draft—form, I was responsible for most of the writing. This was to ensure uniformity of voice. Micah’s contributions were incorporated in my voice so as not to add unnecessary complexity to the novel.
Will you two write another book, either fiction or non-fiction?
Perhaps. We’ve talked about it, but in the end, we are waiting for something to write about. Three Weeks with my Brother covered our lives up to 2003, so it may be a few more years before another memoir. But, we are discussing other possible projects.
Will Micah write his own novel or non-fiction book?
Maybe. He’s thinking about it.
What was your favorite place to visit?
Both Micah and I answer the same way: Machu Picchu, in Peru, was our favorite. The site was overwhelming, and it is definitely a place we’d like to visit again.
What was your least favorite place to visit?
Micah swears he’ll never go back to India. For me, because we never got to see the famous northern lights, I thought the trip to Norway was one that could have been omitted. That said, we would recommend the exact same trip to anyone else who wants to travel the world.
Did either of you—or anyone on the trip—get sick?
I was sick for about eight hours after eating in Cambodia. Ironically, we were staying in a five-star hotel at the time. Thankfully, it passed quickly. There were, however, a couple of people who were sick for the majority of the trip.
How much did the trip cost?
About $35,000 per person. But because we wrote a book, it was tax-deductible.
Would you recommend TCS again?
Yes, without a doubt.
Will there be a teaching series?
An educational edition was published under the Novel Learning SeriesTM banner. More information can be found out by visiting the Novel Learning Series section of this site.