Sunday, December 12, 2010

What a difference a year can make

Was it an epiphany? No, but my heart did skip a beat. A few weeks ago when I was blowing out my birthday candle (unlike my in-laws, my folks don’t insist on turning the cake into a delightful inferno by lighting a candle for every single year of age), I realized that this year I needed to make a different wish than the wish I wished for the last dozen or more years of my life.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. A novelist. Though I’ve known it was possible, I’ve also realized saying that is like saying I want to be a rock star or an actor. And finally, this year, I signed a contract for publication of my first novel. While technically I’m waiting for that book to be in my hands before completely exhaling, at that birthday candle I did have to pause and think up another wish, and quick, before the wax dripped!

Currently, Storm Surge is in design, and is to be released in early 2011 by a small, new publisher, Peak City Publishing, which is based out of Apex, NC, of all places. While no national book tour is scheduled (ha), it is a beginning, and I have to keep reminding myself it is real. The book will be available in independent bookstores and on Amazon, and perhaps a few other places as well. If you would like me to email you when the book is released and available for purchase, please let me know at

Merry Christmas, and may your wishes be granted, too.

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