Possibly because she’s holding the last mortgage check she’ll ever write.
And no, I’m not taking over the mortgage-check-writing responsibilities. It’s the last mortgage check. Wheee!
When people ask me what inspires me to write, I frequently say “my mortgage.” I’ll have to think of some new smart-ass response.
In any event, if you’ve ever bought one of my books, you are in an infinitesimally small way to thank for getting us to this point. So: Thank you. I promise to keep writing more books, even without a mortgage dangling over my head. After all, I still have Athena’s college to pay for.