looking for a new agent to represent it, I wrote two books I thought would be more “commercial.” Then I sold it, and that renewed my faith in myself. It gave me permission to write the kinds of books I wanted to write, which sounds easier than it is. I found myself comparing everything I wrote to Five Stages. Honestly, it’s been difficult to write something I felt was worthy of being a successor to Five Stages. Maybe that’s a good problem to have. That’s what I tell myself.