My inbox the last couple of weeks has been full of gifts from readers of Seeking Sara Summers. You have no idea (or maybe you do) how much this kind of support means to a writer. It truly makes the struggle worthwhile.



“What a great story, a love story that spans time and distance!  The characters are fully imagined but also real, and have stayed with me long after I finished the book. As they make their way from confinement to freedom, resignation to aliveness, they push the edge of the possibilities we all have within us for a fuller life.  I think many readers will see themselves and will be inspired to climb whatever walls they need to scale to be who they really are. The writing is vivid and lyrical.  The scenes set in Italy made me want to run out and buy a plane ticket.  I’ve also been reading your blog. Your writing is fresh, insightful and skillful.  I’m looking forward to your next book.” 


 J. Reid, Asheville, NC



“I LOVED THE BOOK!!! That is the fastest I have read anything in a long time, couldn’t put it down and I just bawled through parts! You are fantastic! ”


Jennifer, Ft. Collins, CO


“I just finished reading “Seeking Sara Summers”, and wanted to drop you a note to thank you for an excellent story.  I loved every moment, it was so very intimate to be inside Sara’s head all through her journey.”


E. Madrid, Spain 


This next one comes from a little closer to home, at least in terms of bloodlines. My daughter, Krista, send me an email recently with the subject line: some encouragement. Okay, so we know she’s biased. But I think you can see why I would love her even if she weren’t my kid.


“So I belong to a couple of e-book clubs through the library that send a few chapters from books in selected genres each week (started up to get busy adults reading at least a couple of chapters of something each week.) One thing I’ve noticed is that a LOT of  published authors can’t write worth a damn. There are so many bad writers with dumb ideas, or mediocre writers with so-so ideas that it astounds me. 

So what’s the encouragement part of this?  I want you to know that you are really, really good. Your writing itself is good, your ideas and story arcs are good. I start the first chapters of your books and I actually want to read the rest. Not because you’re my mom, but because you are a good storyteller. I can’t tell you how many of those weekly library emails I’ve opened and deleted after the first chapter (in fact, I haven’t been able to finish any of them- and these are selections chosen by people who’s entire lives revolve around books!) I know it’s frustrating that you’ve worked so hard for all of these years. Your books will still be around in 50 years, unlike 90% of the crap being published now. Remember, quality is what will count in the long run, and that’s what you always bring.”


Krista, Knoxville, TN


Here’s my request: the next time you read something or experience a work of art or a performance that moves you, please consider letting the artists/writers/musicians/dancers know what their work has meant to you. Encouragement really does go a very long way.
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