When the British author Chris Cleave published his debut novel, "Incendiary," he fell victim to perhaps the worst historical coincidence ever to afflict an author.
The book, about a terrorist attack in a London sports stadium, was released on July 7, 2005 — the same day that three suicide bombers detonated their devices in the London underground transit system.
Cleave's publishers yanked "Incendiary" off the shelves and canceled Cleave's book tour. He was so depressed that for a time he stopped writing.
His second novel, "Little Bee," was released in 2008 and soon became a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The novel spent more than a...