PP: Where did you first learn of Arn Chorn-Pond?
McCormick: A neighbor introduced me to Arn and I was instantly intrigued by his story – and by the difficulty he had telling it. When I interviewed him, he almost became that traumatized 11-year-old all over again. He had remarkable recall, but told the story in a very disjointed, emotional way. Normally, I wouldn’t presume to think I could tell someone’s story better than he could, but I could see how much it would help Arn to get distance on his early life by allowing me to ‘capture’ it between the covers of a book.