Following the good example of Cheryl St. John, I’m going to celebrate the arrival of my first copies of TO BE SEDUCED by thanking the people who have encouraged me, advised me, and helped me on the way to holding my own book in my hands. (A real book! With pages and words and everything!)
Sally J. Walker is a walking cheerleader for anyone who wants to write seriously. A storyteller from childhood, she has moderated and prepared lessons for our weekly critique group since before I joined. Her passion for the written word in books, screenplays and poetry helped me take myself seriously as a writer. Thank you, m’lady. Your energy is a constant inspiration.
HRM Johnnye Gephardt’s autocratic slash and burn of unnecessary adjectives, her brutal assessment of passages as ‘boring’ and keen ear for repetition and clichés is painful and yet welcome. I will delay my assassination attempts long enough to curtsy in gratitude and roll my eyes across the floor to Your Majesty. May you strike terror into our pens for many years to come.
Kimberly Stokely’s encouragement keeps me going even when I want to give up and never wrestle with another word again. If a writer as good as she is likes my stuff, I guess I don’t suck completely. You can get an idea of her ability in the Jan/Feb issue of the Writer’s Journal, where she won the 2009 Romance Contest. Kim, when you get your first book deal, you will leave the rest of us in the dust. The cheering behind you will be me.
Cheryl St. John is one of those authors who seems to offer support and good advice as easily as she breathes. Over the last year, she has dropped so many helpful nuggets into the lap of this new author. I’ve learned to listen when you speak.
Jim McGowan, Cher Powell, Aaron Loyd, and Patti Lynn are fellow writers whose words inspire me, both in their own writing and their critiques of mine.
Peter Senftleben of Kensington Books has guided me through the publication process with unfailing courtesy and patience. It has truly been a blessing to work with you.
Post a comment below about anyone who has helped, mentored or encouraged you. I’ll draw three names to get one free copy each of TO BE SEDUCED and post them Tuesday 1/27/2010.