On February 25th, 2014 my first book, An Unusual Path, was published, and it was a day I'll never forget. I had spent two years working on that story that had rolled around in my head for much longer, and to bring it to all of you fulfilled me in a way I had never thought possible. The book went live on Amazon late in the evening, so I really didn't announce it until the next day. However, I texted a dear friend who has supported me so much throughout it all that it was up and available. He responded with a simply reply- "I just bought it!", and I cried. That moment was so special to me, he knows who he is, and I'm eternally grateful.
Since that day, I've spoken with readers who loved the story, but I've also learned a lot. Those first copies of An Unusual Path were riddled with typos, and I learned quickly who cared enough to tell me about them lovingly and who didn't. I also learned how to edit better, and was immensely confident when my second book, Treadmill Tales: The Hilarious, Ridiculous, Sometimes Mind-Boggling Things People Do While Working Out, came out on October 1st, 2014.
I've also gotten the opportunity to reach out and support other writers on a similar journey, especially young ones. In these last few years I've realized I was always an author but never embraced it. I've loved to tell stories and enter writing contests from the time I was a little girl, but I never gave it much thought. My hope is to find people who have a story to tell and pull it out of them, kicking and screaming if I have to, because I understand it can be terrifying. I cannot fully express how grateful I am for the opportunity to support writers in ways that I wish I had been supported when I was younger. Those people hold a special place in my heart.
Some of you are friends who I have known for years, some of you are fellow authors I have connected with on social media, and some of you simply had a friend say, "Hey, you should check this book out!" I love and appreciate all of you. As I am working on my next novel (whose full first draft is almost finished!) you all are who I think about as I am typing each word. I find myself thinking, "I hope someone really enjoys this."
I write for you, and am grateful for you all each and ever day. If you love the stories I have shared with you, share them with a friend. Nothing would make me happier.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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