As the words flew from my mind to the keyboard, I had a few very hungry readers waiting for the next installment. These were my biggest fans and supporters.

Erika and Leah on separate computers reading Chapter 10 while away on vacation.
Erika and Leah on separate computers reading Chapter 10 while away on vacation.

At one point I thought to publish the book under a pseudonym to give myself anonymity and let Lilith be the author of the book. I’m a bit of an introvert and appreciate my privacy. One of these supporters loved the idea because she was my counselor and she wanted to be able to say her client had written the book. Obviously, I’m giving her free reign to make that claim. After all, she helped keep me sane during a doctrinal program. As a friend told me during my program, PhD stands for Permanent Head Damage, so that was no small feat! Also, it was Erika who encouraged me to write the book. She nurtured it along from the first few pages to the full dream it is now.

Each chapter I finished was eagerly read by Erika in Louisiana who passed it on to Leah. Now poor Leah had no idea who the author was but she avidly read every word. The third member of this trinity was Shelley in Wyoming. Each sent their comments and corrections and then waited for the next chapter to be finished. Once I had sent out the next chapter, I would make corrections in the previous chapter. By the end of the process, they had read the book at least three times each. Shelley has since read it through a couple of more revisions, and recruited a couple of other Beta readers to send comments to me as well. I cannot begin to thank these women for their enormous contribution. One of my greatest supports now is my sister Leni. She doesn’t like vampires. As such it took awhile before she read the book and that alone was an act of love. Now she encourages me in every way to get involved in writing groups and to spend time on my writing. She and Shelley – my sisters and best friends – are my strength.