Every book I write makes me a better writer. Although this is mainly because I challenge myself to strengthen my skills in a specific aspect of the craft each time, it is also due in no small part to a growth in confidence. Many of the turning points, lessons learned, and light bulb moments have become associated in my mind with specific novels. Here are the ones I can attribute to writing my way into the May Keaps series. And some with a more nebulous provenance.