Because this is my first novel, I am motivated to share with you my experience of looking for my book in one of the local bookstores. It actually gave me goose bumps when I realized that my printed work was sharing shelf space with the great masterpieces of Homer, Vergil, and Dante . . . with my favorite English authors like Shakespeare, Dickens, and Jane Austen . . . and with the American classics of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Mark Twain, to name just a few of many. It was quite an overwhelming experience.