Not long ago I found an “autobiography” I was assigned first year in high school. Had totally forgotten I aspired to be a published author way back then. Having a newspaper byline and a demanding career in journalism must have pushed that ambition to the back of my consciousness. People ask me now, “Is this your first book?” And it is the first with my name alone on the title page. But I know there’s a body of work and 10 years of weekly columns behind it.