Honestly, I wasn't sure I would ever hear the word "author" along with my name. Yes, I dreamed it. Yes, I fantasized about it. Yes, I practiced writing for many many years. But it was one thing to dream and wish, another to realize that it could and would happen.
I know that we always tell our children that if you think you can or if you think you can't... in either case you are correct. But it takes more than a positive mindset to get an author to this point.
First, it takes those stories that won't go away. You know the characters that seem to haunt your mind and voices that start to demand things. Then you have to put them to paper! Edit and Edit their words until they become your own. Finally it takes a lot of help from others, publishers, editors, friends and family who believe in you and your story, even when you don't. So thank you to the people who helped get me here, real and imaginary. It is nice to finally see this dream come true!
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