Bill Beverly: Four Characters Finding Trouble

Bill Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. His research on criminal fugitives and the stories surrounding them became the book On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America. His debut novel,Dodgers, will be published by Crown on April 5, 2016. Beverly teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.

You grew up in Michigan and reside in Maryland. You write about The Boxes–the projects and drug houses of Los Angeles–with the great familiarity. Have you spent much time there? What drew you to this setting and these characters when you began writingDodgers?