They say behind every good man is a good woman, but I believe behind every good author is a great cheerleader. I was fortunate enough to have two. The first one is obvious...my beautiful daughter. She wasn't just an encouraging word or two when I needed it, she taught me about perseverance. You see, she has been through extraordinary events in her life and has always been a beam of positive shining light in every life she touches. She lives by the mantra of never giving up. When I began writing and the self doubt crept in, she took the first few chapters to her middle school and let her friends read them. It wasn't long before her friends were begging for more to read. That jolt of confidence encouraged me to continue, so I did.
But the rah-rah's didn't stop with her. My sister-in-law was a huge contributor to my success and I must publicly thank her for her support. (No, she didn't put me up to this.) Sharing her ideas, spending her time reading, weekends spent editing, and countless texts and e-mails...she has done it all. She is the only person who has read every word of my book and she's done that more than once. I owe her...bigtime.
Without these two very special people in my life I'm not sure if I would be where I am today. So here is a very public THANK YOU to the both of them and to all who have believed in me.