In 2018 I met a lady at a campsite in New Brunswick. When I told her my name, her mouth dropped open. She’d seen one of my books on her sister’s bookcase in Alberta on her last visit.
Our youngest was stationed in Afghanistan during the Iraq war. As soon as Dead Witness was released, I sent him a copy. Eight months later we joined him for his wedding in Jamaica, which took place the day before my birthday, twelve years ago. They gave me pearls from Kandahar and then handed me back Dead Witness. I was about to say, “It’s yours. You keep it,” when I noticed the inside cover. Both pages were filled with comments and signatures from the men and women he’d served with. Cory had passed around my novel for everyone to read. I read the comments and cried.
Thank you for this month’s question. It made me think back to those exciting days when I was first published. I forgot how special the author’s life could be. I have a new book coming out this year titled Kiss of the Assassin, and I’m going to treat it like it’s my first.
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