When I was taking jewelry classes while living in Palo Alto, California, my teacher, seeing a tasseled earring I was adding tiny beads to, commented that I liked to work “fine.” In thinking about this years later, she is correct. I like small heroes and am writing a book about a small set of pigeon-like aliens who invade Earth with the help of an almost-12-year-old boy named Cort Evans. One of Cort’s passions, graphic novels about Nick Nano, a small, small hero, is inspired by my Uncle Bert’s copy of Tiny Tim and the Mechanical Men. I loved reading about…