I can hardly believe how quickly the time is drawing near. My toes are tingling just thinking about it. My book, available for purchase, with an actual, tangible date. . . . Gone is the mercurial “it should be available soon” or the equivocating “it’s still in the editing stage.” No, no. It’s in print, I promise (mostly myself) you. In 13 short days, many of our friends and family will gather for a celebration; a graduation of sorts, where, with my tears in my eyes (and sangria in my hand), I’ll announce and initiate Awakening Foster Kelly into the land of Published Fiction.
When I think back to the beginning — just me, a desk, and a budding hope instilled by my husband — I find the old adage “time flies” is quite adequate. Has it really been 5 years, I ask myself. Then I think, Goodness, that’s a kindergartener. I raised a kindergartener. Or so it would seem to this author. I am so proud of her. I am. Of all the books I hope to write, this one will undoubtedly be the most flawed; she will bear the markings of an itinerant writer as she hopped from place to place with the insistency of finding her own. Even after exhaustive editing and proofing, there will be mistakes I didn’t catch, tropes that, at the time, I never saw coming. I will love her still, fondly and all the more for her blemishes; for these scars are evidence I fought for her. I imagined her until she was real. She was mine. And now she will be ours. I am overjoyed to share her with you.
For those of you who have asked how you might be involved and stay connected, I have wonderful news! Husband-Extraordinaire has set up a web-party, and I would LOVE for you to attend. You can do so by copying this link (http://afk-launch-party.tumblr.com) and pasting it into your browser the day of the event. July 6th, at 1 p.m. We will update the feed intermittently and post pictures as they stream in.
A few pictures:
iBooks on the iPad
Kindle for the iPad
And of course, the hard-copy
Thank you, so very much, for coming along on this journey.