Ready for beta readers in August of 2014, Mark held his breath and pressed ‘send’ on what we felt must be the final draft, once again, save typos. One friend provided immediate feedback, bringing welcome relief. Then we waited. And waited. More feedback began to trickle in around October, and Mark was still collecting input in December.
After a California Christmas with Mark’s parents and his precious Uncle Tom — whom Goodnight Sunshine is dedicated to — we headed to Tucson, Arizona to connect with friends. It would be a working holiday because we had given ourselves a deadline for completing the book. Mark and I traded off day after day for the
Mark was a racehorse let out of the gate — he wrote with determination, focus, speed, and joy. It was beautiful. We were living in Powell River and he had come home from a trip to the recycling bins, excited with inspiration about where his story would start. We had a busy family life but we planned for one full
Countdown to launch. This seven part writing series will reflect on what it’s like to be the wife of an author. Writing a book is a big project and it can take a toll on the writer and his or her family. Writing a book for the first time has extra challenges because the learning