I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the authors who have shared their stories with the world and, in doing so, touched mine.
I would have loved to have met and worked with many people who were gone before I existed, and it is to them I dedicate my next paragraph:
To Jack London, who is well-liked by my mother and whose controversial death raised the eyebrows of my third-grade teacher during my author biography report. To L.M. Montgomery and Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, who created characters who were intelligent, curious, and determined. To Michael Ende, whose story will never end. To F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose light at the end of a dock helped me to ignore my eleventh-grade classmates when they complained about my high grades.
I would like to thank the authors who have shared their time with me over the past few years. Thank you for the interviews, the words of encouragement, and the sweet and surprising letters and emails. I was reluctant to single out any modern authors, because that, as the phrase implies, leaves out others. I hope that the others know who they are and how much they are appreciated.
To all of the authors who have chosen little ol' me to design, run, and/or update their websites: Christopher Golden. Tom Sniegoski. Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The readergirlz divas: Justina Chen Headley, Lorie Ann Grover, Janet Lee Carey and Dia Calhoun. Kristen Tracy. Mitali Perkins. Sarah Miller. Liz Gallagher. Laurie Faria Stolarz. Micol Ostow. There are a few more folks who are incredibly busy with life/deadlines/manuscripts and want me to do their websites when they come up for air. Thank you in advance.
I simply must thank my Boston Boys.
To Thomas E. Sniegoski, the guy with the six-syllable name that's a tongue-twister to my customers, but to me is simply Tom. Dogs are to Tom as cats are to me. He knows that pets are family. Tom is also wicked funny. He makes me laugh so hard that I start crying, and I continue laughing so hard that I can't speak clearly. Ah, good times, good times. Thanks, boy-o.
To Christopher Golden, who makes me smile whenever he calls me Supergirl. This event is well-timed: Chris celebrated his birthday just yesterday. I can't believe that I've known him for ten years now! I may never had made his acquaintance nor had the online or real-life jobs that I had and that I still do if it weren't for the internet. I read his books, I liked his books, and I told him so online. Before I knew it, I had a job updating his website and doing online publicity for his books. More importantly, he became my friend. Thanks, Chris. You rock.
I hope that you too will participate in Tell An Author You Care Day. Emily's suggestions include:
1. Write a letter or an email to a favorite author.
2. Write a positive book review.
3. Buy a book by a favorite author and give it to someone who will enjoy it.
4. Profile an author on your blog.
Author Spotlights, Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski