When i initially began writing Smoke, it was for a contest one of our local newspapers holds every year where they come up with the theme, this time the theme was Smoke, and you write the story. I never did finish the story in time for the contest. You see this story had a breadth of it's own...I decided to use one of my characters from Devil In the Mist, "Willie B." to tell the story. Willie B. is prominently featured in DMIST as somewhat of the local towns gossiper. He knows and hears everything...so i thought he would be a good storyteller and most likely has alot of stories to tell.