Writing an acknowledgements page is surprisingly nerve-wrecking! Here is the draft. For the love of God, if I've forgotten someone, please tell me:
The author would like to gratefully acknowledge many, many people.
My editors and earliest readers: Katie Pendleton, Meghann Meeusen, Melinda Moustakis, Hilary Selznick, Kate Dernocoeur, Kathy Zlabek,, and Katharine Tighe among others.
Many thanks to my WMU and APSU professors and peers, who inspired and guided my writing over the years. You are too many to list, but you know who you are.
My agent, Ginger Clark, who offered lovely support and encouragement, being one of the first to validate Jesse as something special—not just to me.
To the friends and extended family who’ve shown so much love and support, many of whom offered just the right advice at just the right moments.
Thanks to John Addis for his help with the cover, interior and photo.
Thank you to anyone who showed the least bit of excitement for this project, amplifying my own excitement.
And last but certainly not least, thank you Kim Benedicto,
who is not only the great love of my life but is also a great reader, supporter, and friend. She’s responsible for talking me down from many a melodramatic ledge, and easing me back into the writing chair where the actual work gets done.
Needless to say,
this book would not have been possible without her.