I started writing this in 1989, wasn't happy with it, put it away, tinkered with it a little more until 1995, then stopped working on it for close to ten years after a very rude letter from a publisher. But I couldn't forget it, so eventually I went at it again, tightening it up and removing anything that slowed the story down. This time, when I sent it out, it caught the eye of Catherine Pellegrino, who not long after became my agent. And within a year she had found a publisher.
It was even translated into Turkish.