Thank you for picking up my book. Your interest makes everyone involved with the publication process happy to know we caught your attention.
I am delighted you have given me the opportunity to carry you away to my imaginary world.
This story you’re holding waltzed across my mind, enticing me with its possibilities and characters until I gave in and sat down to switch on my computer.
As I plotted, new situations and words popped up and I opened my search engine to find out if such a thing where possible. I studied and researched until I came to a new situation, and then I did it again.
I have been astonished by what I’ve learned as I’ve written each novel. I had no idea Roman were the first to use glass windows or that fireworks and explosives have been around since the second century in China. I learned the difference between a castle and a palace, and so much more.
Each search is a labor of love for you, my dear reader, to make sure my story is historically correct. My protagonist is here to tug at your heartstrings and keep you turning pages to see what happens next. My antagonist is modeled after a specific personality to make you hate them and want them to get their just rewards.
The secondary characters are crafted to give reality and credence to the tale and to help my protagonist along her way. The ending has been carefully constructed to answer all the questions and bring the story to its natural conclusion. Every time I end a tale and send it off to the publisher, I feel a piece of my heart went with it.
My dear friend of the last five years died this last week. She was my biggest fan and greatest support. She worked a forty-hour a week job and took care of her elderly parents, one of whom suffered with dementia and took up much of her time.
In her last communication with me, my friend thanked me for writing stories so she could close her door at night and escape to a different world for a time. She said it helped her cope with the situations in her life and gave her what she needed to get up and do it again. I’m at a loss to express my grief with her passing, but I’m also gratified I could help in my small way.
Such a comment from her makes all my efforts worthwhile, and it is my hope I can encourage and enliven you as well.
The greatest reward an author can receive is the knowledge they helped their reader through a difficult time and gave them a moment of escape. May the same be true for you.