It's Day of the Dark launch day! It's been a special day in so many respects. This was my first fiction publication and the first time my name made it onto a book cover.
It was also made extra special because I got to hand deliver copies of the book to my mom and grandma, two of my biggest cheerleaders. For me, sharing it with my 87-year-old grandma was doubly so because when I asked her months and months ago if she would be comfortable with me using part of my grandpa's name as my pen name, she readily agreed and said she thought my grandpa would have liked that. We're hoping the Blaine storytelling continues on.
We often think of "art" as a solitary thing. The artist goes off to create and produces something. The reality, though, is that art is always collective. Whatever art we produce is always influenced by our experiences, culture, and the people around us. Since there's no acknowledgement page for a short story, here's what it would be.
This story, The Devil's Standtable, owes much to so many of you. For the friends and family that have encouraged me, tweeted, re-tweeted, liked, commented, shared, and entered, THANK YOU!!! I so appreciate every little bit of it. For Kaye George, the wonderful editor of the anthology, and Wildside Press thank you for taking a chance on me and including me in the anthology. To my SinC-Guppy short story critique group, thank you for all of your suggestions on this and other work. You are unfailingly honest and wonderfully constructive will all of your comments.
Now I'll stop being all mushy and head back to the launch party!