My first published novel. (The key word is "published" because I'm not counting the fiction manuscripts that are piled in the back of my closet on my Reject Pile.) Like many first novels, this one is somewhat autobiographical. It was hard work to write this novel because I had to spend hours rewriting much of it. But I put in the work because I wanted my first novel to be a good one. It was mostly overlooked by readers and never appeared in paperback. I still have a box or two of them in my cellar. I still like it.