I'm big on thanking those who came before me. On those who inspire me. On those who helped me get to where I'm at. Gratitude is a big component of what I do. Pamela Turner, Elise VanCise, and many, many others know, or at least should know by now just how much I think of them and care about them, not just as fellow writers, but as friends. But the one I'm most grateful for is Missy.
Things aren't always perfect and there are those who've had it easier seemingly, and I always joke about those youthful overnight successes. But I don't bear them any ill will. Not really. I don't know their whole story. Maybe their personal life up until them has been massively difficult. It's not for me to judge. And their success is no reflection on my failings or talents. I have my heroes, and even in the face of some pretty stiff opposition I've succeeded.
Was I was a snob where it comes to e-publishing, well, yeah. But I'm no fool. And when I saw a friend (Pam) have her success with it I was inspired to take the leap. She lead the way for me. Up until February of 2011 it seemed like I would never publish and that I would always swim in the kiddie pool so to speak. And while this last year and a half has been something of a whirlwind with contracts and awards it did not happen overnight and I worked incredibly hard to get it. I won't apologize for it.
BUT I am extremely grateful for those who got me here because I certainly didn't do it by myself. So Pam, Elise, Missy, Tanja, Lea, Carla, Frank Hall, and even though I don't have the need to where my faith like a top hat and tails I am grateful for my Higher Power. What that is for everyone else is not for me to judge. But for everyone who leaves a comment they get a chance at a three pack of my ebooks No Ordinary Love, Another Way to Die, and Set Fire to the Rain. GLADIATOR, my newest book is available exclusively at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Gladiator-The-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0094JN30M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347207747&sr=1-1&keywords=gladiator+kate+lynd and a second winner will receive and ecopy of GLADIATOR.