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Giving Thanks

There's an interesting thing about being creative and sharing your work with the world. Although you're the person who is ultimately responsible for giving life to that work, most likely you're not the only person who contributed to the final product. Perhaps you were inspired by something you read. Perhaps someone else read your work and provided feedback on it. Maybe it was just a reassuring smile on a day when you considered giving up.

The support of my friends, family, coworkers, and fans have all helped me to become the writer I am today. And although I know the best way to pay tribute to the faith they have in me is by continuing to write and improve my craft, it also doesn't hurt to acknowledge in some small way those who have embarked on this journey with me.

This page is dedicated to everyone who's inspired me and everyone who's believed in me and my work. And although taking the time to individually recognize every event and every person who has ever touched my life would make it impossible for me to get any other writing done, rest assured that I am grateful to you all, whether you're listed on this page by name or not.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to...

All those writers who shared their worlds and hereos with me (and who many times ensured that I didn't get enough sleep by keeping me totally sucked to their stories) including... Terry Pratchett, J.K.Rowling, Terry Brooks, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, David and Leigh Eddings, Lloyd Alexander, Orson Scott Card, Anne Rice, Eoin Colfer, George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Stroud, Jim Butcher, and Diane Wynne Jones to name a few.


My other artist friends who inspire me with their dedication to their craft and their creative brilliance, including (but not limited to) Mark Eshbaugh and David Michael Conner.


The editors and staff at AlienSkin Magazine and Wild Violet Magazine for sharing my work with their readers.


Those who are no longer with me in physical form, but who live on in my heart and the hearts of those they touched... especially my uncle Gerry, who fostered my love for the fantastic and taught me to never give up hope... and my mémère, who showed me the importance of being grateful for all that we are given.


My beloved, my parents, my brother, my godmother, and all my family and friends (who in many cases fit both categories)... for letting me grow into the imaginative and silly person I am, and for sharing in so many of the wondrous experiences that have made up my life.


That beautiful young woman who dreamt of being a princess and made her dreams come true. No matter where we are, or what we do, I know that we'll always be "Making Magic" both together and apart.


Everyone who has read my work and provided me with feedback over the years... (Judi back in the ol' days; George S. and Darrell S; John D; Mark E; Carina G; Chuck H; Davey C; Andy K; and others)... especially to those who had to keep explaining the same things to me over and over again because it took me FOREVER to get certain things :) I wouldn't be the writer I am today if it wasn't for you.


Bradee and Heli, who both took chances on a fledgling tech writer and ensured that I'd be able to earn a living while working on my first novel.


Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and all the folks at the BBC who make Doctor Who such a joy to watch. As a kid, the show pushed my overactive imagination into overdrive. I was in the TARDIS with the Doctor, exploring new worlds, fighting odd monsters, and trying to comprehend the riddles of time. Now that the show is back, I'm feel like the giddy little kid all over again!


Walt Disney and the Nine Old Men, for their fairy tale triumphs that have inspired generations to wish upon a star. And to the creative teams that continued their legacy by ushering in the second golden age of animation with classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the Lion King. I have no idea how many hours I've spent over the years watching those magical films, or trying to draw the characters they created, but each hour was one of joy.


John and Anna, Chuck, and Tony for letting me throw around twinned, empowered, suddenly maximized fireballs that actually do sonic damage and don't effect my companions, thus leaving my enemies bleeding through the ears and squiggling like jelly. Regardless of how the adventures play out, they've shown me just how much fun life can be when you're not afraid to make the most of your imagination.


Oh... and to you, the person reading this page... for allowing me to ramble on and for being part of my story.