I thought, with a few days to go, I’d share the dedications from the book.
Dear reader. Most of these names won’t mean a thing to you, unless you’re one of the people listed. You are welcome to skip them, but if you know me, online or off, you might not wanna
First up though.
I want to put a special dedication into the book for the Nanowrimo. Without it, the book, the series, the universe would never have been written. So, if you’re at a bit of a loose end in November (or April/July for Camp Nanowrimo), wanna meet some people just as crazy about writing as you or want to support up and coming writers, then head on over to http://nanowrimo.org.
First and foremost.
To my beloved, David – without your unwavering belief, clever ideas, encouragement and comfort when it all went pear-shaped, this book would be gathering digital dust. Without your love, I’d be a completely different person, and I hope every day coming is as good as the last – together.
To my children – there’s two of you right now, though there may be more in the future. Love you loads. Thanks for putting up with your mom’s crazy need to write *everything* down and take photos of stupid stuff
To Keith – People are lucky to have one best friend. I’ve got four, and you’re one of em. Thank you so much for sending the notes and the part I thought I’d lost. Thanks for talking to me about forensics, and not dying laughing when I said the dumb stuff ™. Get your book written sunshine
To Katie-Anne – love you big sis. Thanks for being my unwavering cheerleader – even when I was being an angsty dumbass.
To Renée – I adore your design work, and am blessed and delighted to be able to call you not only my designer, but a dear friend. Thank you for helping me with the big AND small decisions, design and all of the other fun stuff we get into.
To Valerie – newer to the list of important people, we seem to be one another’s shadows for lots of things. Thank you for being either a step in front, a step behind or right beside me – to get your advice, your support and to be one of the first people to get to cheer YOU on.
To Mary Ann – founder of #chartermemberofteamkai, patient, intelligent and funny. I think you, of all people on this list, have been waiting the longest for this book. Tada!
To Kriss – thank you for your unwavering support, crazy sounding board fun and sharing our horror blog with me!
To the members of APG – Ok, it took me a while, granted. Thanks for being there for me.
To Pavarti – Inspirational, honest and supportive – can’t ask for a better online friend!
To Rae and your other half Ben – thanks for listening to the crazies, cheering on the crazies, and encouraging the laughter over said crazies.
To my mother – I dunno what to say, other than thanks. Without everything you did for me as a child, I’d never have loved books enough to want to write one, and without your patient tutelage, I wouldn’t have nearly as much fun with learning, nor be so obsessed with continuing as an adult.
To my family and my family-in-law – thank you for your unwavering patience, support and funny conversations. And thank you for not looking at me as if I am completely insane when I went hunting for a pen and paper, or said completely random things that made you stop and think that I was mad.
To all my Nanowrimo participants – thank you for letting me ML, and thank you for cheering me on when I hit crazy word-counts. Here’s to many more years of that. And to Nanowrimo HQ itself. Office of Letters and Light will receive 5% of all sales, of all books from now on.
To Troy, Simon, Zoe, Jack, Sara, KJ, the lecturers at Gloucester University and all of my classmates – Thank you. You know what for, but thank you. My voice only got louder once I did that degree – best four years of my life!
To all my friends and fans online – Facebook is a blast, sure, but it really does get in the way of writing. Thank you for being the distraction I needed to get the story straight in my head ;).
Love you loads – thanks for your support, crazy about you all!
D Kai Wilson-Viola
April 2015 – Gloucestershire