Thank you, and what a year it has been.

by XN

Dear Readers,

A little over a year ago, I was not writing.

Sure, I was writing small pieces for a local food column, and I was writing safety manuals and employee letters, but I was not writing creatively.

In a couple of weeks, I will independently publish my second novel. The third is already written.  I’m working on the fourth.

It’s been quite a year.

And I have a lot to be thankful for. Despite the fact that my husband and I haven’t taken a vacation in…not sure how long. Despite the fact that we’re managing on a lot less and working more, we are both doing things we love now. That is worth a lot.

Sometimes when you struggle, it’s hard to see the brighter side. Humor helps, and luckily, I’m married to a really funny guy.  Love helps more, and I am very loved.

This year, I’ve added another amazing thing to the mix. I am read. I wrote a book, and readers bought it and read it.  They loaned me their imagination for the length of that novel, and they allowed me to tell them a story.

It’s really hard to describe how thankful I am for that.

So, this Thanksgiving, I’d like to say thank you.

Thank you to my readers online and those who have bought my book.  Thank you for your attention. Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for reading.

Thank you to my friend, Lydia, who sat me down and told me about this amazing thing she heard about called “independent publishing.” She told me I should give it a try. Seriously, not even a year ago, I hadn’t even heard about it. Thanks, Lydia!

Thank you to my friend, Kristy, who told me that I had a gift, and I should keep writing.

Thank you to Kelli, who read the first fifteen chapters of A Hidden Fire and promptly told me off for making her dissatisfied with her library book and “Oh, by the way, where’s the rest of it, E?”

Thank you to Sandra, Molly, Caroline, Lindsay, and Sarah for being the most awesome group of pre-readers a writer could ask for. They don’t tell me what they think I want to hear, they tell me the truth, and truth is invaluable to a writer who wants to improve.

Thank you to my editor, Amy, who is endlessly patient with my abuse of ellipses, and for her enthusiasm and keen eye.

Thank you to the reviewers and bloggers who have read my work and asked for more. Thank you for the time in your very busy schedules, and thank you for telling others about the books.

And thank you to all my subscribers and blog readers! I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I know that I have a lot to be grateful for, and I hope you do, too. May you have a blessed holiday weekend with family and friends. And to my international readers, find a group of Americans somewhere in your city or town.  They probably have turkey, and they’ll be in a sharing type of mood. If you’re lucky, they’ll have stuffing. If you’re really lucky, they’ll have pumpkin pie.

Thanks for reading,


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    • We were well-supplied with pie, shared by someone else. 😉 We, however, were very sharing with the shrimp and artichoke dip! It was the least I have ever cooked in my adult life. Brilliant!

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