I know some of you have heard this before and to those who haven't, you will. It's on the back pages of the book, but I feel that it needs to be said again.
Thank you to my family and friends who support me in this whirlwind and crazy journey; your encouragements mean the world to me. To my book club peeps and cheering sections; thank you!
A very special thank you to my beta readers: Kris, Linda, and Christa. You read a not so polished draft, but helped me make it shine.
To my high school subject matter experts: Sarah, Lauren and Reegan. Thank you for bringing me back and reminding me of my high school days, even though it’s drastically different today.
To my wonderful friend Angie, who listens to my constant rants, triumphs and complaints. You keep me sane, whether you know it or not.
To the Plymouth, Dakota County, Eagan YA and The Loft Literary YA Writing Group who shared their wisdoms and experiences with me.
To my critique partners, Ann and Maria, for providing insight, telling me how it really goes, and being honest about words/scenes/characters when I didn’t want to listen. Even though I didn’t want to change, you still found the courage to make me understand the ‘why’ things should be deleted or moved. You pointed out areas where I needed to step away, so I could see the bigger picture. We all need someone to tell us: zip it and just write.
To my fantastic editors: Guinevere Graham, Libby Rasmussen and Jen Leigh. You helped me create better sentences, better scenes, and deeper characters. You assisted me in creating a magical world by getting the right words to fly off the pages.
A heartfelt thank you to Marya at Strong Image Editing. You understood what I was thinking and out came a beautiful cover. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!!
Jessica K., your eye captured what I was going for. Thanks for making the photo session really fun and entertaining. And who doesn’t want a shoe chair as a prop?
And lastly, to my husband, for picking up the slack in the household chores, for giving me enough alone-time to crank the words, and for adjusting our schedule so I could attend book functions. And for just being you. Without your support in this whole process, none of it would be a reality.