Sunday night, after everyone else in the house had gone to bed, I sat down and began planning my week. When I glanced at the calendar my heart did a little flip in my chest as it hit me that one week from today, on May 5th, my book “One Good Life” will finally – officially – be “out there.” Out on bookstore shelves, landing on the doorsteps of those who have pre-ordered it, available to download to mobile devices….the whole nine yards!
If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know this moment has been a long time coming. I actually signed a publishing deal with Putnam Books in April of 2013 with tentative plans for it to be out in time for Mother’s Day 2014. But for many different reasons, all beyond my control, it was postponed until now. After such a long period of waiting I think part of me began to believe it would never really happen. And yet here I am, facing the fact that this very personal book, for better or worse, is about to be released for the world to read in one short week.
The book that has taken me on a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. I can be on top of the world one minute, and inexplicably plunging into abject self-doubt the next! If I didn’t know better I’d think I’ve become a tortured writer. ;-)
The book that began with a brief outline and soon became a whirlwind trip to New York City where I met with no fewer than 8 different publishers interested in it! Talk about your surreal experiences.
The book that I poured my heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, and a LOT of time into. It’s probably a good thing I had absolutely no concept of what would be required BEFORE I signed on the dotted line, because I guarantee I would have chickened out!
The book that I will never think about writing without also thinking about planning my only daughter’s wedding at the very same time. That was one crazy summer but one I will always remember with a strange fondness due to all the love that was being poured into both projects.
The book that my dear, dear friend Stephanie helped me with and then shortly after it was done fought and lost a short, valiant battle with cancer. I will also never think about the writing of this book without remembering how we laughed and cried while working on it, and how much I miss her.
The book that contains the good, the bad, and the ugly of my life thus far, and yet ultimately conveys a message of hope and redemption. Hope, for anyone who has had the wind knocked out of them but gets back up to fight again, and the possibility of redemption that exists for all of us.
The book that in addition to sharing my harrowing journey is also chock full of tips and advice to make life better! I personally wouldn’t want to read a book ALL about someone’s sad story…even if it does have a “happy ending.” And I wouldn’t expect you to either.
The book that I never expected to write and marvel at how little thought I gave the idea before taking the leap. I often question my sanity about that snap decision, but have learned so much during this amazing process that I will never regret my “temporary insanity.”
The book I thought I was writing for others that turned out to be at least as much for me! I really had no idea I would experience such “growing pains” writing about my struggles with alcohol addiction, depression, chronic illness, etc. But after the pain came additional healing of wounds I didn’t even know were still exposed.
The book that caused each of my children to come to me in tears when they finished reading it. Tears I shared. Tears of happiness, sadness, gratitude, and new understanding. Another reminder to me why I wanted and needed to write this book…for them.
The book that makes me shudder when I think of you reading about the scary places that life has taken me and my family….but also gives me hope that someone, somewhere who reads it will feel they’re not alone in their scary places.
The book that my husband Dave never once questioned me about or tried to edit in any way. His trust in my judgment and in my belief that while this story wasn’t going to paint either of us in a very flattering light, it was a story that needed to be told. He is a rare breed…that tall, blonde, Norwegian I married…and this book helped me rediscover that.
The book that makes my heart skip a beat when I look at it! The gorgeous design, the unique format that beautifully weaves happy and sad together, are a testament to the amazing people “behind the scenes” who helped create this book. Namely, my literary agent Steve Troha and my editor Kerri Kolen. The best in the biz!
The book I hope and pray every single day will get into the hands of people that it can inspire and help. Whether you need advice dealing with a heavy-duty life challenge, or just some simple ideas to make your day a little easier, you will come away with positive and practical ways to live your BEST life.
The book that has given meaning to some of the madness that me and my family went through, and I hope will do the same for others as well.
The book that has also given me a sense of peace and confidence that I know would not have been possible by any other means. Socrates had a point about the “unexamined life.” Although I wouldn’t go so far as to say the unexamined life is not worth living…I do attest that a little examination is a most enlightening and refining experience.
The book that has taught me that writing a book is HARD WORK….but some of the BEST WORK I’ve ever done.
The book, that no matter what happens when it finally shows up on the shelves of your favorite bookstore, I will be very grateful and proud to have written.
“One Good Life” is available for pre-order now and in bookstores on May 5th!