November 21, 2012

My Annual Thankful Post

Let's face it: I have a lot for which to be thankful this year.

Every year, really.

And while I got to say a lot of thanks in the Dedication and Acknowledgements pages for my first novel, some of that info isn't listed on the Amazon version of the files. So I'll share them here and now.

So....Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights, is, first and foremost:

For my dad, who started it all.

For Charles, for buying me a Louisville Slugger.
And for Zoe, who wants to be a Zombie Raccoon this Halloween.

Here are my acknowledgements:

This book could not have happened without the time, input, and support of dozens of people.  And I know people say that all the time, but really, it’s true.

First of all, Jen and Marissa – you both made me believe writing a book was possible.

To my mom, for…well, being ever-supportive and mom-like. I don’t tell you I appreciate it enough.

To my brothers, Daniel and Jonathan, for being my first ever readers, and giving me the exact feedback I needed to keep going.

To all my other beta readers, cheerleaders, friends, writing-buddies (Andrea, this means you, too!), I thank you.

And to Charlie, for making the coolest book trailer I ever imagined possible.


Other pieces of my life for which I am exceptionally thankful include:

  • The health of my family and friends. Seriously. Thank you.
  • This country: it may not be perfect, but it's home, and it's safe, and it usually pulls through when we need it to.
  • Charles and Zoe. Enough said.
  • The amazing opportunities this writing life has provided this year. I still can't believe I have a book out. That's sort of incredibly unbelievable to me.
  • My readers! I have readers! Some of them have liked my book page on Amazon, and my Facebook page, and some of them have even left the kindest reviews I could have ever imagined. I'm so grateful people are enjoying my little zombie tale; I hope they continue to do so!
  • My new friends at LitReactor, the most fabulous writing community I could've hoped to find. I may be a little shy/quiet on the community boards still, but I lurk, and everyone there is super-cool and helpful and generous with their time and advice and it's great to be a part of it.
  • As always, coffee, red wine and chocolate. Without you, I'd be really bored. And tired.
  • Publishers who entrust me with books to review - that is fun and awesome.
  • Cinnamon-scented candles.
  • Running.
  • Yoga.
I think that about covers it. I know I forgot things. My guess is I'll add to this post tomorrow. But for now, I'll leave you with this: I hope you have a happy, healthy, delicious, and fun Thanksgiving Day.

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