There are about as many ways to fall in love with the craft of writing as there are books to be read. But whatever the means of introduction, that first literary gateway drug, it’s typically hard to forget. But for Nashville Novelist Rob Simbeck, his route to an early love of literature began with an American tragedy. Today Rob speaks with poet Ashley Trabue about his experience, living through a decade that fractured the country, and how that turmoil pointed him toward a love of telling stories, a discovery that helped to keep Rob from unraveling in more ways than one. Then Ashley takes the broad scope of those experiences and turns them into poetry.