Happy New Year! (Ok, ok, a little late, I know.)

A few words as we enter the new year. Better late than never, right?

I wanted to take a moment to say I’m grateful. 2012 has been a busy year, one filled with ups and downs, great triumphs and struggles. This year my first book came out, the culmination of 10 years of writing, querying agents, and receiving form rejection letters. This year my family grew; my heart stretched in ways I never thought possible. This year I traveled, talked about my book, and spoke about a topic close to my heart: decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness, a topic that seems to be discussed every time I turn on the news. I made new book and blogger friends, many of whom I hope know for years to come. I am so grateful for all I gained in 2012, but many have not been so fortunate.

Because of the recent reminders that life is fragile, I’m finding myself more thankful than ever for what I have. For my family – the boy I fell in love with when I was in high school, and the boy I fell in love with just this summer. I hope that I can be the wife and mother they deserve. I am thankful for my agent and editor, two people who believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I am thankful for all the readers, and all the friends I’ve made who have come with me on this great journey. And I am thankful for the journey itself, because difficulties aside, I have a truly beautiful life.

Here’s to an awesome 2013.

PS. I posted scene #4 up on the Extra Scenes page today. Poor Chase.


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