Writing A Novel About Your Childhood Hero

Hannibal of Carthage is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. He’s mostly known for his daring invasion of Italy — crossing the snow-covered Alps with an army of 40,000 men and all those African elephants — a risky effort that almost brought mighty Rome to its knees.

He also was a companion of my adolescent year, a person I idealized because of his real-life courage…