Terri Wells -Thank you for doing the “dirty work.” Your grammar editing of the very first draft was not a simple task. You are outstanding.
Linda Saracino, Editing Consultant Extraordinaire. I am so happy to have met you years ago. You are amazing. Working with you made this book a reading pleasure.
As time passes, I remember the smallest and the largest boosts I have ever received. They were equally meaningful and priceless. I am grateful to everyone who stepped up to meet my needs and elevate my creative spirit.
I thank Paula Palmer for her years of encouragement and for wanting to see this book happen. She was helping me in more ways than she knew; what a treasure! I thank Carol Diesl who energized an entire book club to host a meet-greet-and-eat, for me and my novels. Shirley Barchi whose pep talks brightened up my days and whose eye for the smallest detail made my work look good. Cheryl Benton, publisher with an astute sense of continuity. The late Hal Retzow who taught me and April how to make things, the unladylike act of being handy. And, just by watching my friend, Reni Churchill, I grew grateful for the beauty she creates all around her and the love she spreads in so many directions. I try to emulate that.
And of course, I thank my late husband who managed to deal with those times when he was not the center of my attention! He was a good man.
I thank the late Charles Y. Nakamura, Emeritus Professor UCLA Department of Psychology, for steadfastly standing by and encouraging me through many years until his passing; N. Ray, Senior Editor, New Business America, for appreciating my talent and investing precious time in my support; J.J. Dahl, Esq., Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney, for going from employer to the most accessible, supportive friend one can ever have; Carol Diesl, Book Club President, for being a most enthusiastic champion of my work; and Karen A. Clark, my mentor and angel who watches over me. I am enriched by each of them and grateful.
I thank the late Norman Garey, attorney, for believing in my talent; Shirley Barchi for getting the ball rolling for me; attorney Robert H. Thau and before him the late Dr. Frances Jane Hynds whose command of the English language strongly influenced me; more recently, Karen Clark, Carol Diesl and Bibbi Farashian who gave me their precious time, encouragement, support and educated observations without sitting in judgment of the work.
I thank my mentors whose words of advice shaped my professional thinking: the late Harry Bernsen who guided me with his all encompassing vision; Sidney Sheldon who emphasized creation of memorable moments; and television’s George Eckstein, E. Jack Neuman and Michael Gleason who stressed the use of necessary pointers of dramatization. I learned from all of them. I am grateful.
"I could not live if I could not write."
~ Katherine (MK) Mitchell