It has been a long process to reach the point where I am two months out from re-publication of The Gate House. The book was originally released in July, 2009, and the timing could not have been worse for me personally. Outside of the fact that it was my first book and I had no idea what I was doing as far as promoting my book, my life was complicated.
My mom had become ill will visiting me a few months before, and she passed away in July. She did not have a chance to see my book in print. I was teaching full time in a urban high school, and the job was stressful to the extreme.
I had some sales, but things sort of lagged along. I eventually quit the job so I could spend more time writing, and have a life!
When my publisher, Virtual Tales, announced in April, 2011 that they were going out of business, I felt that suddenly I was not a writer anymore. I had a book published, but it was not available anymore. Fortunately, Whiskey Creek Press picked up The Gate House, and I feel as if I have a second chance.
It will be out again in May; I just received the new cover art and I love it! I have another manuscript that I hope will be published reasonably soon, and I feel like a writer again.