I would also like to thank my sister for designing the cover of this book and providing the inspiration for Leah. I am indebted to Rebekah Tilley for her thoughtful first reading, advice on self-publishing and priceless technical support, Jeannette Bracken who advised I make the lead character less of a Bitch and the various strangers who read and critiqued it honestly. Without the constant encouragement of my hardworking husband, Danny Strong and my mostly self-entertaining children, this book wouldn’t have gotten written- at least not outside the confines of a detention center.
I would also like to thank The Georgetown Run Club and Intellectual Society, you are my favorite people in the world and it is because of you all that I stay sane (or at least think that I do).
If you are familiar with my writing, you will be happy to see my humor throughout this book. The main character is very real and we can’t all be funny all the time. We must also be a bitch. I hope you love her and hate her as much as I do.
This book was inspired by the death of my mother.
According to Chris W. on Yahoo answers: “An out and back trail brings you back to your start.”
On the topic of bereavement, Hospice says: “Each of us will take a different route. Each will choose his own landmarks. He will travel at his own unique speed and will navigate using the tools provided by his culture, experience, and faith. In the end, he will be forever changed by his journey.”
November 10, 2010