So, I should preface this by stating my wife’s name is Jessica. If you’ve looked at the dedications page of my books, you’ve seen her name.
If it weren’t for Jessica, you wouldn’t have read or be reading Ancient Ruins, Spells of Old, or anything else of mine. Every time I’ve started a story, Jessica has encouraged me. When I was working as a cashier, in the bakery, or even when I was unemployed, Jessica encouraged me to follow my dreams. She was the one who bought me a Kindle as a Christmas present a few years back, and which led me to realize that self-publishing was even possible.
When I come up with ideas for stories, Jessica is my sounding board. I talk to her about the ideas, and she shoots them down, or adds depth to them. I can’t think of a single character in my books who’s had more than a token appearance that Jessica hasn’t influenced. She complicates the plot lines, and I shoot down the more insane ideas. I tell her my ideas, and she shoots down those that are too horrifying to others (I’m brutal and cruel to my poor characters). Without her, the books would be a good bit more shallow.
When I first wrote Ancient Ruins, Jessica read through it, and gave me vital feedback on the opening chapters. They were… not good. I keep being tempted to put up the prologue just to let people see the difference, but I keep shying away. She read the book no less than five or six times, telling me what she thought was good or bad in any section. Then, as a Christmas present she offered to pay for artwork for the book, and I went to Jackie Felix for it. I truly believe that without the art, the book likely would have flopped and died.
The two of us are an odd pair, too, reversing many gender roles in most ways. I’m the baker who does well with desserts, breads, and the like, while she’s the one who’s good with grilling and the like. I like sewing and handicrafts, though I’m not very good. She’s the one who fixes broken machines around the house. She’s also a Network Security Engineer, and I wouldn’t know where to begin doing a tenth of the things she does. Still, the two of us work well together.
So, I want to thank Jessica publicly for helping me get my ass in gear and actually write books.
I also want to thank all of you readers for reading my books. When a book vanishes into obscurity, it tends to take the wind out of a person’s sails. Instead, you gave me motivation to keep going. I really appreciate that.