Settle in, I’m gonna get real and mushy with you. Publishing a book can be exciting and intimidating. But publishing a book I’ve worked on for five years, and then to come back after this hiatus? Those feelings are amped up, oh, 500 percent.
Maryse’s Book Blog shared an updated article featuring the Hydraulic Series, directing readers to the Fourteeners pre-order link, and I am so happy to see the love and patience from these ladies.
Fourteeners has been a beast to write…not because I haven’t felt these characters in my bones and desired to tell their story. My husband and I made a very tough decision to be certified as foster parents after years of research and soul-searching. We knew what such a decision would mean for our careers, our family life, our bio kids (both of whom are now elementary age), and our free time. And even though the decision meant shelving, off and on, the things we enjoy, I have never once regretted it.
We’ve had babies and toddlers join our family for a time, and we’ve had older kids with serious, heartbreaking trauma. We entered into a world of therapy appointments, court cases, DHS and visits and parent relationships and paperwork and support groups. These kids deserve someone all in for them. (BTW, I’m writing this while simultaneously feeding our little guy a bottle. He joined us just before Christmas and I had about three hours between The Call and The Pick-Up to prepare for a newborn. That, right there, is our crazy, unexpected life!) I’ve worried, cried, lashed out, celebrated, stressed at 3am, prayed, and taken leaps of faith more these past five years than ever before. (Foster parents, you know what I mean by “in the trenches”?)
This doesn’t mean I stopped writing completely. Instead, I poured this growth and life and insight into my writing, a month here, an evening there, even an entire summer parked on my deck while the kids enjoyed the backyard. Then, sometime last spring, I realized…. Fourteeners was done! Then began the publishing process and, AT LAST, I am THRILLED to give you this book that has a special place in my heart.
I suppose this is my very real and personal way of saying thank you to the readers who love this series, who have been patient, and respectful, and encouraging, and did I say patient? You have my deepest gratitude for your support! (And if any of you wants to know more about what its really like to foster, please look me up and I will tell you the good, the bad, the ugly, the amazing.)