Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Laura Alden, Guest Blogger
How I’d forgotten this part, I do not know. I’d made notes about who I wanted to thank in the acknowledgements -- don’t forget Julie, don’t forget about the sports stuff -- but somehow dedicating the book to someone hadn’t crossed my tiny little mind.
As I recall, I had 48 hours to make the decision. I frantically scribbled lists of possible suspects.
My husband. Though he’s not a reader (the last book he read cover to cover was in an English class) he’s been a staunch supporter of my writing. From making dinner when I was stretched too thin, to bringing me the occasional breakfast in bed when I was too exhausted to move, to rubbing my back when I got computer-neck, he’s been the best helpmeet possible.
Mrs. Haggard, my high school American and English Lit teacher. Even though she passed away years ago, her enthusiasm for her subjects lives on in my love of Shakespeare. And the A+ she gave me on a creative writing assignment was the spark that made me think I could actually, maybe, you know, write for real someday.
A former employer. If I hadn’t left my management job due to a growing dislike of the corporate environment, I might never have taken a less stressful position and might never have turned to writing to keep my mind occupied.
There were others to consider: Ms. Boettcher, my 4th grade teacher who caught me reading when I should have been doing math homework -- and said nothing. All the librarians I have ever known. All the booksellers I have ever known. All the people who love books. All the children who have ever begged to be told a story.
Thank you, Laura. As a reader, all I can say is, I love your mom. And, good luck with Murder at the PTA!
Laura Alden's website is http://www.lauraalden.com/
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden. Penguin Group (USA), ©2010. ISBN 9780451231093 (paperback), 320p.