Corbett explained his approach to this book in a recent blog post:
Believing that what was genuinely needed at this time was a more sincere, empathetic but not sanitized attempt to imagine the lives of people we think of as different, and remembering one of my favorite quotes from John Coltrane–“If there is something one does not understand, one must go humbly to it”–I tried in Do They Know I’m Running? to depict a Salvadoran-American family dealing with both the damage of war and the nightmare of deportation.
Before writing his first novel, Corbett worked for a private investigations firm and his wife’s law practice. He’s the author of three critically acclaimed novels as well as many articles and stories.