It wasn't easy, for sure. I got a book deal in February 2015 after an article I wrote in Pacific Standard Magazine "went viral." I explained to the publisher that I'm a teacher, I love to teach and didn't want to leave my job, and they were patient enough to give me a two-year timeline to write the book. Which meant I had summers off to write, which were amazing, and also spring break. But for the most sake, it was a lot of really late nights: teach all day, be a dad and husband until bed time, and then head to the office to write. A lot of nights I wasn't up for it, because the material is so emotionally draining. But bit by bit, I got through it.