It has been a very full month since The Libyan Diversion released on May 16. As is typical for the days just before and just after my book releases, much of my time has been spent in interviews talking about the novel, the Middle East, and my life as an author. Over the years, I have been asked thousands of questions, but there is one that I find myself answering more than any other. People want to know how an Upstate New York Jewish kid went from being a failed political consultant to a bestselling novelist. It’s a great question, and the answer is different from any other story you’ll hear.