I can’t believe launch day for Sketchy Tacos is finally here! I’m beyond excited!!! It’s been a long and incredible journey, and I have so many people to thank for this day–which is a dream come true.
Almost 4 years ago, I won the Hutton Honors College’s Creative Activity Grant, which provided this poor little college girl with the funds I needed to travel Mexico to research this book. In the summer of 2013, I wrote the first draft of Sketchy Tacos. My aunt Sara Grant was writing a draft of her own at the time and we traded manuscripts every two weeks to get fresh eyes and feed back.
For the next two years, I edited and rewrote Sketchy Tacos. When I went to the Mount Hermon Writers Conference in 2015, I thought I was ready to take on the world, to publish that day. Well, I was wrong. That conference was a turning point for me. James Scott Bell took a look at my first three chapters and gave me some fantastic advice, which dropped the first chapter and tuned up the other two. Susan May Warren taught a class that inspired me to rewrite my novel from the ground up with all new layers of tension and intrigue. Their advice, combined with the advice of the other professionals at the conference, catapulted Sketchy Tacos and my writing skills to whole new level. I would not have reached this day without them.
After several months of furious rewriting, I approached Nancy Rue, who became my mentor and good friend. She helped me to level up my skills once again. Her thoughtful advice and kind encouragement helped me fine tune my novel and ready it for publication.
In 2015, I attended the American Christian Fiction Writer’s annual conference where I met Melissa Ferguson–fellow writer and now close friend. Later that year, she introduced me to Cyle Young, who became my agent. He helped me revolutionize my proposal and polish my novel to professional levels.
And then in 2016, the big day came. Clean Reads offered to publish Sketchy Tacos! Oh the jumping up and down and the celebration.
I’ve got so many thank yous for the incredible team at Clean Reads. A HUGE thank you to Stephanie Taylor for believing in me and in Sketchy Tacos. There would be no book without her. She kindly answered my many questions throughout the process of bring this book to life. Big thank yous to Julie Sherwood, Kimberly Wheaton, and Amanda Rodriguez, my three editors. They caught all my typos and inconsistencies so that I could present you with an awesome final book. And a gigantic thanks to Mande Matthews, who created a cover far and above anything I could’ve imagined!
I can’t sign off, without a thank you to my family! My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and sister have all supported me and my writing since I was a little girl. They encouraged me to pursue my dreams and cheered me on every step of the way. They’ve shaped who I am, and I love every single one!
Without my husband, Alan, there would be no story. He introduce me to the Mexican people and culture. He makes my world so much brighter. He encourages and supports me everyday. I love you, babe.
And to God, who gave me a burning passion for the written word, who filled my mind with this story and wouldn’t let me go until I saw it through. All thanks be to Him.
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