I always have a lot to be thankful for, but this year I feel especially thankful.
I am thankful for the editors of Prism Book Group for their help with my Gold Rush books. They helped me make them the best books they could be, and put them out for the world to share. I am also thankful for my fellow Prism authors. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge and in reviewing, blog hosting and many other kindnesses have made this a great year to become an author.
I am also thankful for my other writing friends. Members of the Alaska chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America), the Alaska chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 49 Writers, and the YA chapter of RWA have also been helpful and loyal friends. Individual authors have taken me under their wing virtually or in person. I am grateful for their company.
Of course I am thankful to my readers and fans. My motivation in writing is to share stories and show you are not alone, and I am touched by your positive responses. You encourage me to keep at it, and improve my writing to be worthy of your attention.
And of course, I am thankful for my family. They provide the foundation of my life. Every year, my Alaskan family gathers at our house. And I insist at the beginning of the meal that each person shares one thing they are thankful for. They can be funny or heartwarming, sometimes both at the same time. In my case, my one thing is usually a heartfelt sentence about family. This year, I am thankful to my father and his brother for writing and publishing a book about their lives and our family history. I cherish that book, and find comfort in knowing future generations can read about their roots.