Recently I had the chance to talk with a gathering of book clubs. My favorite thing about visiting a book club is hearing what people think of my book. It never ceases to surprise me what they say. They find stuff I hadn’t even realized was in there. They tell me about a lesson learned, a character’s motivation, a funny line, hidden symbolism, and even ways the book changed their perspective. All of this floors me, making me ever more convinced of the magic of writing. I couldn’t have written a story that good. And I didn’t.