My Book: My debut novel, Elise’s Choice, was officially released on August 25. This is a lifelong dream come true several (although not consecutive) years in the making.
I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote my first “book” in fifth grade, and one of my fellow students illustrated it. My mother still has it tucked away in a box of school papers. Then, in sixth grade, my friend Cathrine and I spent all of our free time writing and sharing heart-wrenching stories like those written by Lurlene McDaniels with dreams of becoming famous authors dancing in our heads. At least I have achieved the author part. I’m fairly certain fame’s not part of the bargain at this point.
My Mother: She enthusiastically helped Tuesday evening during my online Facebook Launch Party by keeping track of participants and helping me randomly select winners. She’s still talking about how much she enjoyed it and how it made her feel a part of my writing pursuits. The party would not have been a success without her.
The Support of My Family/Friends/Colleagues/Community: People expect the support of family simply because of relation, and sometimes family gets overlooked when gratitude is given. Seriously, though, they have no obligation to be supportive. Thankfully, mine has chosen to support me, and I will be eternally grateful.
The support from friends, colleagues, and community has been amazingly overwhelming. Several colleagues have already purchased books, and others are waiting to buy them directly from me. One told me that he probably won’t read more than the excerpt on the back, but he wants to support me by purchasing a copy.
Since my school participates in the Capturing Kids Hearts program, I begin each hour (our students rotate classes) with Good Things, a celebration of positive things that are happening in students’ lives. One of my students shared that her mother had purchased my book from Amazon, and she would be able to start reading it in two days. Her excitement brought tears to my eyes.
As for my community, people I don’t personally know have stopped me with congratulations and questions about an upcoming book signing. One said that he learned about my book via Facebook, which opened my eyes to the vast number of people reached through that network.
Rain: It has not steadily rained in my town for over a week. The days and nights have been stifling with excessive heat and humidity. Thankfully, we received a thunderstorm Friday evening.
My Husband: There is no way I would have survived this week in one sane piece without him!