It was late April, 2008. The sun was out, and four of us were standing in a studio. The window opposite us betrayed thin, nearly-bare trees. I leaned on a table and listened to the woman I regarded as my art teacher (and still do).
What do you want to do? she asked me, and I said, Write. That one word set the wheels in motion.
Why not publish? Live your dream.
I found gifts that day. The best being Katherine Grace Bond.
That day, I came home, and though I didn't know it, I was on a roller coaster ride that wasn't going to end.
On May 5th, Katherine showed up at our house. It was only uphill from there.
Revisions, revisions, more revisions, a publisher acceptance (and months) later, the manuscript for "Apologies to an Apple" was ready to go, complete with endorsements. In December, the manuscript was gone and we only had to wait.
February 7th, and I was holding hundreds of copies.