Introducing... the crew
People say that writing is a lonely profession. Ha! Have they been in my head lately? My goodness, I have so much going on there... it's a constant party! And when I write, I'm never really alone. I'm just sayin'. But there are also a lot of 'real' people, who help my writing.
It all started with homeschooling. I blame it! One year my husband suggested we start a business, to teach our children economics and business. We wracked our brain and just couldn't come up with anything we all could do together. Our talents are so varied.
Fast forward about 10 years. My family is all part of this writing process. My amazing husband gives me the courage to do this. He was one of my editors for Skating for Grace. He did a really nice job with it too. He's the one who reminds me that God is the one in control. Always. I couldn't do this without his support.
And of course there would be no books without my daughter, Natasha. Her beautiful covers blow me away. I love sharing this process with her. She is both talented and amazing at the same time. Watching her create the covers is totally exciting. And I'll let you in on a secret. Skating for Grace was her first cover - ever!
Let's not forget my first reader, Logan. He very much enjoys listening to me read the stories out loud and usually makes excellent suggestions. He's become quite the writer himself, which is really exciting for me to see.
My oldest son has a very important job. To join me in my pity parties, which I sometime throw for myself when a story isn't going according to my plan. Unfortunately, he relocated across the country so my pity parties have been less fun. But there's always skype and facebook. We manage to have a party once in a while.
I couldn't do this without the many other people God has brought into my life. He was gracious to send me two wonderful editors, Annie Omilian and Steve Place. I learned so much from their comments and suggestions! Recently I have been blessed with Lisa DeBartolomao, who is throwing herself relentlessly into editing. And then there are those who brave reading the stories, sometimes unedited. Aula DeWitt Evans was the first person to ever read a story of mine. I thank her for her kind comments and her encouragements. Others have come along and are reading the stories I send them. My mother-in-law Jean Perreault makes time to read as well as Theresa Little and Steffanie Baker.
Without all these people, and there are others I haven't even mentioned, this whole process would be lonely, I guess. But how can it be when I have so many really cool and talented people surrounding me? I'm truly grateful for every one of them.
If you came up to me and asked what I do, I'd have to tell you that I'm a wife, mother and teacher. A writer? you ask. Wow. Now that is something I never thought I'd be. But through God, all things are possible.