I just finished the first draft of what I hope will be my fifth published novel and my eleventh published book. I won’t say anything about it here except that it’s inspired by Angry Birds, Led Zeppelin, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It was a challenging one to get through—I panicked more than once, and abandoned it once—but I was pulled on by the feeling that this one was important. I feel pretty good about it. I can see a lot of things in it that need improving, but I think the parts that are most important to me, I got right.