As I reflect on this past year, I am grateful and humbled. The outpouring of support from family, friends, and book lovers has been beyond my wildest dreams. The road to publishing was long and filled with highs and lows. I have moments in which I pray it will work out and terrified it won’t. Other days, I am hopeful. I believe I have written an important story. Many women have endured childhood trauma, sexual assault in some form, painful relationships, and the traumatizing effects of addiction. A Dress the Color of the Sky is the story of the human condition. We all want to be heard, to be loved, to have meaningful relationships. While writing this book, Kelly Oxford tweeted her sexual assault story asking others to share theirs. Over a million women tweeted in a matter of days. I perused the twitter feed until I couldn’t read anymore. I knew then, I must not give up. The story needs to be heard. The recent outpouring of women who bravely use the hashtag #MeToo to tell the world they have endured some form of sexual assault is astounding.
I am just a woman chasing a dream, one which could never come to fruition without all of you. I struggle with asking for help but have learned I can’t do this alone. Selling books, even if your book is amazing, is tough and unpredictable. During the book tour, I cried on every flight because I was overwhelmed with fear and humbled with gratitude. I have grown as a person throughout this dream chasing journey. I am better for it.
Wishing you all a blessed new year.