Thank you for finding this page! Two years ago, I wrote copy for this page before my debut novel had even come out. Now it's more than a year and a half since publication, my family and I spent seven months last year on book tour, and the book won the 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of the year.
So I think I may be a Real Live Author at last.
And yet, I still can't completely believe anyone will stumble across this page, or find my words to read.
It took me eleven years to sell that first novel, and another twenty months after that for it to come out. Almost thirteen years. That's enough time for a baby to grow to the cusp of adulthood according to some religions. To be old enough to go on a spirit quest.
Getting published was a quest of sorts for me. It's what I've wanted to do--to be--since I was five years old. Younger, if you listen to my mom describe the bedtime stories I dictated to her when I was only two.
During the time that I was trying to sell a book, the world changed out from under me, the publishing world at least. It became possible to publish in a much faster time frame. But I had learned enough about the different paths by then to feel that the one I was walking/trudging/crawling along was the right one for me. So I kept trying, and trying, and trying, even through some truly low moments.
And I wound up here.
Even if I can't quite believe it, I'm so very glad you are a part.
With affection and regard,