This is my mom holding a copy of
her newest grandchild ME WITH YOU.
Mom is currently on vacation in Destin, FL. But do you know what she has been doing every day since she arrived? She has been visiting bookstores to see if she can find a copy of ME WITH YOU on the shelves. Is this some kind of mother or what?
THIS is the mother who, before I had an agent, received emails from me with explicit instructions on how to fold, or not to fold, and what order to place things in an envelope, and who, with joy in her heart, mailed out all my submissions from her SC address because I live overseas and have an unreliable mail system. And she never once complained.
THIS is the same mother, who when she came home after a long day of work and checked her mail, would call me immediately to tell me we’d received another rejection, or thank God, an acceptance, BEFORE she got a snack. Heck, probably before she even peed.
THIS is the same mother who every time that I asked her how much I owed her for the submissions she had sent out on my behalf, hemmed and hawed and couldn’t remember and said it wasn’t important.
THIS is the mother who believed in me when I was too afraid to believe in myself.
And this is the stepfather who is just as excited as my mother.
ME WITH YOU is about grandparents and I had a teary-eyed, sniffly moment the other day when I realized that my first book, this celebration of the grandparent/grandchild relationship, would be coming out the week of the anniversary of my own father’s death. My daddy died 24 years ago today. My own children never knew the love of my sweet daddy. They did not know their own maternal grandfather. But as you can see from the pictures above, they are not lacking for love. They are not lacking for people who celebrate them for who they are and who love them unconditionally. If my mom and stepdad are as happy as they are to see this book on the shelves of a bookstore, you can only imagine how much more they love and celebrate my children.
I could not be more blessed.
Edited to add: DON’T FORGET THE CONTEST! We’ve already had a winner on the first sighting but I’ll be drawing a name from everyone who sends me a picture thereafter up until June 15th!