I hate weapons, especially firearms. Always have, and always will. Even the sight of a legally sanctioned gun—police office, hunter—makes me recoil and I literally take a step back.
Along with hating weapons, I hate war and though I concede that some wars have been necessary, I fail to see warfare as heroic or noble.
So when Scholastic tapped me to write a book about the evacuation at Dunkirk [of World War II.],