This writing experience has been life-changing for me, as it helped me define my voice as nothing has done before. An experienced writer for business and ministry, never did I imagine myself as a published author, but it is going to happen, and I am very pleased with the process and anxious for the process to be finished and the book available in print. I will also do an E-book and possible Audio book in the near future.
God has provided amazing support and encouragement from my husband, sons and their families, many "moms like me," bereavement professionals, those in grief support ministry, as well as many close friends who read the manuscript and encouraged me to get it published. Connections with like-minded writers has been stimulating and my content and copy editors were the best. Currently, I am working with an independent, self-publisher and graphic artist who caught my vision for the artistry and publishing needs, and I can't wait to see the finished product.
I have created a Facebook Author's Page where I will post updated information about the book and process. You can visit that page at https://www.facebook.com/RustyDogBooks. Because I am also working on children's stories and songs, I will be using RustyDogBooks as my publishing icon in remembrance of my beloved brother, Rusty, who drew the cartoon below a few months before he headed of to Heaven in March 2018.
I am also pleased to share that several of the songs I wrote (and am writing) after the death of our son, Kevin, I believe God gave to me to bring much needed whimsy and creativity into my grief-stricken life are being published on Hal Leonard's www.sheetmusicplus.com publishing site.
There is so much creativity in my life right now, "my cup overflows!" Only God could take a heart-broken mom like me and give new life and purpose. I am truly blessed and He has most certainly given me ". . . beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and praise for the spirit of heaviness . . . " (Isaiah 61:3) and I will never stop saying this and proclaiming the goodness and faithfulness of God in my life!
Watch for details about how you can get a copy of my book on Amazon soon. And, for all of you "moms like me" who encouraged me through the years to write my story of loss and healing, THANK YOU! I listened to you and I hope what I share will be of some comfort and encouragement to others to grieve with Faith, Hope and Love.
With Faith, Hope and Love, Angie "a mom like you."