HBR: Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
JVB: I generally prefer a quiet environment in which to think and write. However, if White Storks of Mercy had a theme song, it would be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy. My favorite line from its lyrics, written by Friedrich Schiller, is “Alle Menchen wirden Brüder.” It translates, “All people will become brothers.”