This beautiful cover was designed by Rod Karmenzind. It’s beautiful, but it’s also heart-wrenching. Kind of like the process of writing this book.
I’ll try my best to write this blog post without getting melodramatic. To say that RIVER’S DEEP was the hardest book I’ve written is not melodrama, but fact. The original plan was to release this book in early June, but so many things did not go according to plan.
Some things are within my control, and many things are not. There were days when real life got in the way of writing. There were days when I got in my own way. This book has light moments, humor, and romance. But it also has dark moments, creepy and gritty and edgy. That’s going to happen when you write a story about a girl with a demon inside her who is fighting demons all around her. There’s just no way to avoid it if you stay true to the story. And some days, imagining all those demons was just too hard, too dark. It didn’t help that I was in the middle of the coldest, longest winter I can remember. My thoughts turned dark, and the story turned darker.
I don’t want to make excuses for why it took me so long to finish this book. What I do want is to tell everyone: It’s okay if life doesn’t turn out how you planned. The important thing is that you try, and keep trying, and never stop trying. You fight life, and you forgive life, and you love life. And I love how RIVER’S DEEP turned out. It’s dark, but it also has light and hope. It has so much of my heart and soul.
I thank God for giving me the courage, endurance, and tenacity needed to write this book. I also thank Him for all the amazing people in my life . . .
I couldn’t have produced a book of this quality without my editor, Ellie Ann. More importantly, I wouldn’t want to be in this writing biz without her. She keeps my head above water. Sending you sincere thanks, my dear, today and every day.
Pat was another invaluable editor, offering religious knowledge and insights into the mysterious male mind. He was also a crucial part of writing The Rusalka Song. Thank you so much for all your time and effort, Pat—you made this book better in many ways.
Stephanie is the lady to ask when you need a Mississippi River guide, or when in search of beasties. She’ll help you through every obstacle—like when your car gets stuck, or when you nearly get arrested for trespassing on lock and dams. She’ll even send you pictures of these wild adventures and fill you up with river lore. Thanks, Steph, for all the info, memories, and laughs.
Rod, thank you for another masterpiece of a cover. It makes my heart ache every time I look at it. This year has been heart-wrenching in many ways, but I’m so thankful to know you and call you my brother.
Huge thanks to family and friends who have encouraged me on this crazy journey of mine: Lorraine, Jenny, Savannah, Victoria, Megan, the Lang family, the Miller family, and many more. Special thanks to my parents, my son, and my husband. I love you all.
Readers and fans, I can’t thank you enough for all your reviews, kind words, and support. I wouldn’t be writing these words if not for all of you. THANK YOU.