When I was a child, I saw my father come home from work every night, sit down with the newspaper, and do the crossword. I have grown up to be very different from him, but here is one thing on which we agree. Crossword puzzles are the ultimate form of relaxation for someone who enjoys playing with words. My dad was a corporate lawyer, and legalese notwithstanding, his choice of words was crucial in protecting his clients. Writing fiction, as I do, is light years removed from writing a corporate contract. Though none of you will sue me if you feel that a word or phrase or sentence I use is misleading, when I’m writing a book, I struggle with words twelve hours a day to get the nuance just right.