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Monday, May 7, 2012

A Little Mother's Day Mention

There are days when you're thankful you have a list with kind authors who will prod you when you don't realize it's your day to post. Good job, ladies. High fives all around.


I think the topic this week was supposed to have to do with Mother's Day. Okay, I can handle this. I'm not a mother. Unless you count furbabies. I have a 4-year-old Japanese Chin named PeeWee, a 6-year-old toy Aussie named Bandicoot (aka Cooter) and a 4 year-old Border collie/Australian Cattle Dog named Mungo. As a mother, you shouldn't have favorites, but dogs can't read, so I'm going to admit that PeeWee is my favorite. He sits on my lap while I write and whispers plot turns in my ears between sneezing on my laptop screen. In this photo we were working on a critique for one of my very good friends. PW is hell on grammatical errors. Also, I'm not entirely sure he is all dog. I suspect he may be part horse and/or alien.


I could talk all day about PW and his fursiblings, but I want to do something else instead. Yesterday was my brother's birthday, so my family got together to celebrate. Little did they know that I received my proof copy of The Treasure Hunter's Lady in the mail. So I whipped it out of my purse and you should've seen the look on my mom's face. It was like she'd won the lottery. And I didn't even let her keep the copy I had. She had to order her own this morning. But here's a shot of her holding at the restaurant we went to.


My mom and I haven't always gotten along. It comes from being too much alike. My dad worked unusual hours, so I didn't see him as much as I saw my stay-at-home mom while I was growing up (although I was very obviously a Daddy's Girl). But throughout my life she's helped me with decisions big and small. She taught me to read, suffered through math and science with me, played Jeopardy! with me, said yes when my dad found a Mustang he wanted to buy for me (after years of telling me no). 


She's always supported my writing, even when it gets a little weird. She edits and reads first drafts, she makes the best suggestions on covers. She was the first person I called when I got my contract for The Treasure Hunter's Lady and she was there to hug me when the publishing house went under before it got published. I don't think I could have asked for better support. 


I just wanted to say, "Thanks, Mom" for everything. By the way, spot on on that font size for the next book in my trilogy.


I hope everyone has a terrific Mother's Day this upcoming weekend. If you still have a mom, tell her you love her, or at least I hope you have someone in your life who was a positive female role model. 


So until next time, when hopefully, I'll remember to post on time, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, & at my blog Have Novel, Will Edit.


Also, don't forget that we're giving away a $25 gift card to a commentor on this blog, so be sure and leave a comment for a chance to win!

12 comments:

Sheri Fredricks said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. I love that she reads your work and you have a picture of her holding your book. Awesome.

D'Ann said...

Great post! My mom hasn't spoken to me in two years, but did send a one line note when I sold Wild Horses.

Brenda said...

Wow, this post was beautiful--brought a tear to my eye.

And I just wanted to say again how happy I am for you--Treasure Hunter's Lady in print....AHHHHHHHHHHHH, this is a screaming with joy moment.

Speaking of moments, I remember that picture of PeeWee. Weren't you two critiquing Love's Prophecy?

Allison Merritt said...

Glad you ladies dropped by!

D'Ann, at least you got some kind of acknowledgement. I'll bet your daughter appreciates having you as her mom!

Yeah, Brenda, we were critting LP!

Kristina Knight said...

What a great tribute to your mom, Allison! So happy for you - and thanks for sharing the pics of your PW and your amazing mom!

Allison Merritt said...

Thanks for coming by, Kristi!

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Aw, you made me cry, Allison! Wonderful post. I'm so happy to see your book in print. Congrats!

Jenna said...

Awesome post, Allison! I have human and fur babies, and though I have to work every Mother's Day, we manage to celebrate royally. So glad you have your mom to still cherish. And congrats on THL!

Eliza Lloyd said...

Often we don't appreciate our mom's until they are gone. Mom's are great. Always there for us.

christine warner said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom!

And I love that PW might be part horse/alien..I have a dog that I swear is about 90% chicken. LOL

Congrats on your awesome book Allie...it's on my Nook and in the top ten to be read. I'm working my way through a long list! :)

Jeannie said...

From Mom, to Bitty Babe...You are the greatest gift your father ever gave me. Love You. Mom

Cait OSullivan said...

Lovely post Allison, thanks for sharing it.

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