The goal of American Trespass is to weave together many immigrants’ stories. The main character’s mother escapes Mexican gang violence by crossing the southern border, an Eastern European man leaves communism behind, a young woman flees the Vietnam war, another fights for her life during the Cambodian genocide, a grandma of many comes from Togo. They’re all different, and they’re all significant. And I wanted their tales to be authentic. Thus, in November, I felt overwhelmed by the weight of this colossal task—to give justice to their stories. To give justice to those events and times in history. I needed to surround myself with the history, music, and mood of all of these places. I needed to do research. And one month wasn’t enough time.