When I retired from the Very Important Organization four and a half years ago, the idea was that I would finally have the time to write a novel, get myself published and thus become in life as in dreams, a writer. At the class that the VIO gives its about-to-be-retirees, I became friends with this woman:
Farishta which won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2010 and has just been released by Riverhead, home to The Kite Runner, among others.
So, please take a look at Pat's book.
Meanwhile, I'm thinking about building a house out of straw.