I'm having one of those moments...one of those OMG MY NAME IS ON THAT BOOK AND PEOPLE CAN BUY THAT BOOK AND OMG I WROTE THOSE WORDS AND PEOPLE ARE READING THEM moments.
It's crazy. Exciting and fun, but super, super crazy.
Real talk: I was worried about a lot of things with this book. A LOT. I don't want to go into all of them here, because the inside of my mind is a scary place and I don't want you guys to know how paranoid I am about everything. But trust me, I freaked out about every little thing along the way with this book. Every. Little. Thing. (You can read about some of them on my DiversityinYA post.) And every time one of those fires was put out, another fire started in its place. I've always had a pretty raging case of Imposter Syndrome, so it's not until the book started to get positive feedback on Goodreads from people I didn't know that I started to let out a breath and think that maybe this whole thing would be ok. Maybe?
And then we got a good Kirkus review, too! Did I show you that? What? I didn't? Jeez, Jess. You're slacking.
“A light, ultimately upbeat look at life after spinal cord injury.” —Kirkus ReviewsIt's such a thrill that people are responding positively to our book. The story is based on Chelsie's life, but there it a lot of me in there, too. (My IRL, non-writing friends say that reading it sounds like I'm sitting next to them telling them a story. I love that.)
Thank you all so much for your support over the past year. For cheering me on and telling the people about the book and entering giveaways and pre-ordering and still being my friend even though I've had no time to blog. You guys are all so awesome, and I don't know if I could have made it through this crazy publishing journey without you. <333
I hope you guys read PUSH GIRL, and I really, really hope you like it.