BY THE BOOK CROSSTOWN PARK

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Today is the Book Launch Party for Crosstown Park at Patrenella’s Corleone Room, a beautiful place that I love so much.  So many friends and readers will be there to celebrate the book with me.  I woke up with the joy of a child today and remembered some things I want to share…

What a journey it has been from the beginning to the publication of CROSSTOWN PARK, from the signing with the publisher to the release of the book, and now from the release until today.

As I look back it all makes sense.  That is the beauty of hindsight.  The main thing I come away with is that I am so glad that I did not give up!

Persistence is the key to my success.  Working steadily and surely and never giving up on the goal.  Some people are able to race to their goals and focus on them completely, but my life has been different.

WHAT ARE YOU SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT YOU WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE STORMS AND NEVER GIVE UP? 

For me, that drive to be an author has been there my whole life.  One of my first vivid memories is of my grandmother, “Honey,” reading to me.  I remember the Brer Rabbit books…anyone else remember those?  We would lay in my grandmother’s guest room feather bed-it was so soft and comfortable- and I felt so loved as she read to me.

WHO READS TO YOUR KIDS?  DO YOU TAKE THE TIME TO READ TO THEM EVERY NIGHT?  Instilling that love of books in me is the greatest gift anyone has ever given me.  I will dedicate ALL ONE BLOOD,  the sequel to CROSSTOWN PARK to “HONEY” for that gift.

THE DAY FINALLY CAME when I was able to take over the reading duties at night.  I could finally read most of the words myself and Honey was there to help me catch a word.  That was pure joy.  The journey I am on today began with the love of a woman who loved books.  HAVING SOMEONE IN MY LIFE THAT LOVED ME ENOUGH TO SHARE BOOKS WITH ME WAS THE GREATEST GIFT.  Please share your thoughts with me.  Who influenced you in the most positive way as a child?