Four years ago today, I achieved my biggest life-long dream: I became a published author.

First of all, let’s just stop and marvel at that idea for a moment. How often, really, do we manage to achieve the one thing we’ve wanted most since we were kids? And that’s a shame, really, because there is so much that we could do, if circumstances were just a little bit more in our favor, or if we had just a little more time, or if we were able to try just a little bit harder. I know how incredibly lucky I am, to be able to say that, and I couldn’t have done it alone. I had enormous support along the way. From my parents, from the very beginning, when I was a little kid and telling people I would be an author one day; and from friends and family, who cheered me along the way; and from my husband, who did so much I literally can’t list it all. I’ve had emotional support, labor support, financial support, to make this happen. Not everyone is so fortunate. Thank you. I love you all.

My first-ever paperback proof, with bonus Helpful Cat. Not pictured: my stunned, elated grin, as this whole thing becomes real.

These past four years have been a wild ride, and nothing at all like I expected it to be. It’s so much more work, and so much more joy, and so much more stress, and so much more laughs. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Every day is something new, every day is a chance to do what I love most in all the world.

Thank you to everyone who’s ever bought my book. Who’s listened as I ramble about my career. Who’s asked me what my books are about, and enthused about my answers even if it wasn’t your particular genre. Who’s cheered my on at my writer’s group. Who’s said “hi” at a signing. Who’s left me reviews, who’s told their friends about me, who’s written to me. My heart is so full, and I am so, so grateful to have you all by my side.


This is where it all started: with a head full of characters, a fat manuscript, a stack of edits, and nothing but hope that it would all come together in the end.

Happy Birthday, little book. This is just the beginning.


They exiled her from the capital & forbade her magic. But as the walls of the living and dead break down, what they don’t know… might just save them.

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