Encore: My wife
My wife Dana has been my helpmate and my biggest supporter throughout the writing of this novel. For some reason, she believed I could actually do it. Now that it’s finished, and it’s headed out into the big unknown world of editors and agents, I have to pause and be thankful that, with her help and encouragement, I was actually able to accomplish something that turned out to be bigger and tougher than I’d expected.
My wife has been there through all seven drafts. She has made sacrifices so that I could spend my days finishing this thing. And she’s never complained about it. Not once.
I have, mind you, but she never uttered a discouraging word, not even when I was convinced I was a talentless hack. (That’s on alternate days that end in “y.”)
She knows when to pull me away from it to have fun, so that I don’t get too frustrated. She has arranged some wonderful vacations so that I could forget about Welsey Shaw and Callicoon.
She has taught me patience, that the best things often take time. Without her my life would be so much less wonderful. I owe her a lot.
Did I mention she’s whip-crack smart? She finds solutions to complex and difficult matters faster than many people with professional training in the relevant fields, and seeing her acumen in so many areas has made me wary (wisely, I think) of those who bill themselves as “professionals” and cite their years of experience. And she consistently demonstrates that brains beat fancy parchment every time.
Many novels, possibly some really great ones, never get written because the writer doesn’t have the support that I do. In this day and age of diminished advances and falling profits, it should come as no surprised that talented wordsmiths are quick to make a buck elsewhere. Which explains why the writing in a 30 second TV commercial can be better than that in a 300 page novel.
Because I am blessed with a patient and understanding wife, hopefully my book will be better than a lot of drek out there. If it’s not there will be no one to blame but yours truly. But if it’s good, make no mistake about it, it would not have come about without the help and encouragement and support of the person I look forward to seeing every day, the love of my life, my Dana.