I’ve been published in various venues before, including websites and magazines and books (yes, books sold in Barnes and Noble, not books I wrote and handbound myself and charged family members $5 for, although maybe some of those as well.) I grew up thinking of myself as a writer, assuming I would make a life as a writer, and that “writer” would be my name in the world. I expected I’d feel a certain way (breathless, teary, ecstatic?) upon seeing my full name in magazine print, in book print, upon receiving my first real check for something I’d written, but I didn’t. Which is part of how I learned that I truly love writing, the process, and not writing, the finished product.
But I am so excited about this. Near giddy excited. I have never been so eager to hold a book in my hands or to immediately read it from front to back. For the first time, I feel the way I thought I would feel. So thank you, M & M. I cannot believe you are making us wait until September.”