This blog is dedicated to my sister, Cris, without whose colossal contributions, I would not have one. She has been gently encouraging me for years to do something like this and now that I’ve finally caved, she’s had to spend quite a bit of time she could otherwise be spending on her own pursuits trying to explain to me what a widget is. I’m not kidding when I call myself a Luddite. When she first told me I had to put my entries in HTML, I told her that couldn’t be true because I’d seen the internet and plenty of it was in English.
For medical reasons, I no longer live alone. For the last six years or so, Cris and her long-suffering husband have made me welcome in their home, asking exactly zero dollars in payment. Some people will say that is what family is for, but I’m well aware that isn’t always how it washes out. I owe them both an enormous debt of gratitude. In fact, it was my sister who finally convinced me that e-readers like Kindle and Nook were not, as I insisted, the laserdisc of our day and that they would indeed be replacing paperbacks (blasphemy!) as the standard format for publication and that I really ought to give self-publishing a try. Up until that day, I’d had two rather dismal experiences with publishers and because I had failed all of two times (!) to get the results I expected, I had given up on selling my books. Not on writing them, I might add. I’ve been writing since I was twelve and I’ve considered myself readable since I was twenty or so, but until my sister literally dragged me over to the computer and showed me what to do, I was perfectly content to write the books, show them to a few friends and family members, and leave them in a folder on my hard drive called “Finished.” I simply could not believe that anyone else would be interested in them or would pay actual money to read one. Six years later, I’m crossing that dotted line out of Hobby into Making A Living and I owe it all to her persistent interference.
While I’m at it, I’d like to take a moment to thank my Beta-readers, Mical, Laura and Cris again. A good writer needs ruthlessness as much as support and I do appreciate it, even if I fail to mention it as often as I should while I’m making those bitter cuts. Also, check out my cover art! Each and every cover was designed for me by the marvelous Sarah Jane Lehoux at sarah-janelehoux.com