Because I needed to, and no one else could have.
Isn’t that kind of self-involved.
Perhaps, but it’s true.
Don’t you write for an audience.
If I start engineering a story to appease some notion of readership, the story risks losing its propulsion and integrity. I want to tell the story that I need to tell, not what I think someone needs to hear. I trust that the novel will find its own readership.