Right after we received my book from the printer’s I left for Ohio and the MANA Board of Directors meeting. What I really wanted to do—after four years of writing, editing, revising and production—was to sit on the couch and read the whole thing through, cover to cover. But that was not possible.
Three of my contributing authors were present at the Board
meeting—Abby Kinne (Ohio), Jennie Joseph (Florida) and Linda McHale (New Jersey). They were the first authors who got to see the book in print, and believe me, they were excited as could be. They had not seen their memoirs since they signed off on their final revisions, about one and a half years ago. It was an exciting moment for all of us. And of course, they never saw them in context of the entire anthology.
There were tears, laughter and gratitude all mixed together. This is more fun than I could have imagined- to finally be sharing my book with the contributing authors. It was totally worth the wait.
Also on hand was Tina Williams, who is the administrate assistant for MANA, and who also happens to be a brilliant photographer. Five of the author’s photos in my book were taken by Tina.