(really, I’m not). To my parents, James and Vincenza McGinnis, thank you for always believing in me. To my sister, Karen Phillips, for reading the book and for giving me thesupport that only a sister can give. To Chris Phillips for his good ideas, and for putting upwith all of us. And I can’t forget the babysitters: Sam and Carole Snyder, Becky andRandy Greenly, Amy Snyder, Gregory Snyder, Melissa Read and Julie Read—withoutyou I would still be on Chapter Two. Many thanks go to my fellow Muse and Schmooze critique group members: ShawnDowns, Laurie Edwards, Julie Good, Lisa Hess, Anne Kline, Steve Klotz, Maggie Martz,Lori Myers, Kim Stanford, Jackie Werth, Michael Wertz, Judy Wolfman and NancyYeager. Without your help and support this book wouldn’t have made it this far. A heartfelt thanks to Helen French. She made the call I had been dreaming of, and her enthusiasm for this project has been wonderful. Thanks to Mary-Theresa Hussey, whohas been an excellent editor. Thanks to my agents, Sally Wecksler and Joann Amparan-Close, for helping with the contract. Phil Heffernan, who did the cover art, thank you for making it perfect. Very special thanks go to Alis Rasmussen, who took the time to read and critique mymanuscript. Your advice was truly invaluable.To my husband, Rodney, for all the support he has given,is giving and will give. I’m spoiled rotten.In loving memory of Frances Snyder,Jeanette and Joseph Scirrotto.“They would talk to you and make jokeswhile they were feeding you poison.” —Kathy Brandt on chemotherapy;a good friend who lost the battle
About the Author
Maria V. Snyder has been writing fiction and nonfiction since 1995. She has also published numerous freelance articles in regional magazines and in local newspapers.Teaching fiction writing classes at the local college gives her the enjoyable opportunity toencourage novice writers and to keep improving her craft.