BREATHE IS ONE!
I used to say I was a Fish Biologist undergoing metamorphosis to an Author. I think it’s safe to say that in the past year I’ve completed my transformation. Now that my first book has taken wing, I can simply call myself Author.
In the past year, I’ve ditched my pajamas, donned make-up, and attended about thirty events from readings to book signings to book clubs—my personal favorite. I’ve spoken at conferences and been interviewed on the air and in print. Breathe went on a thirteen-stop blog tour and has 100 fabulous five-star reviews on Amazon where it was ranked Number One for Books on Dysfunctional Families and Number One on Kindle for Motherhood, Family, Women’s Personal Growth. It was selected by Aspire Magazine as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Books for March. With few exceptions, these things were all firsts for me. To find myself standing at a podium in front of a crowd of over 100 people was a far cry from the girl who once changed colleges to avoid taking public speaking! And I can honestly say that I’ve loved every minute of it!
I’ve opened talks from coast to coast with the quotation, “There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you,” explaining how, for me, Breathe was that story. I wrote it to tell the tale of my sons and to help other people. I realized shortly into the past year that the most defining characteristic of Noah and Jonah’s lives used to be that they’d died. That was the extent of what most people knew or remembered about them. And then came Breathe. Now reader after reader meets them, most for the first time, and they hold them in their hearts and learn that they lived. Telling their story has shattered the silence of other untold stories.
The past year has been one of the most joyful and yet, like many things in life, it has also been bittersweet. Andy’s mom died in March and mine in September. My mom, who often admonished that I was wasting my writing talent, lived to see me publish my first book for which I’m grateful. They say that writing your story makes it two dimensional and reading it makes it three. Our moms live on in the pages of my book and every time I read their voices in a bookstore or a library is like bringing them back from the grave and into the room.
For all of you who’ve supported and encouraged me to live my dream, I thank you from the bottom of my gizzard. And if you don’t know what I mean by that, it’s time you Breathe-d! As with all of my children, I pray that Breathe will continue to march forth and make the world a better place. That it will help others and be treated kindly. And that it will live a long, long life.