Wisconsin writer J.F. Riordan set her series of novels on remote Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County. It's a place that locals refer to as "North of the tension line," a phrase that gave her series its name. However, while Riordan loves that place, she does much of her writing in the Milwaukee area.
It's that disconnect that informs the series of essays that fill her latest book, called Reflections on a Life in Exile:
When I am on the Island, every night, before bed, the dogs and I go out for a long walk in the dark.