I’ve created this special page on Sirenstories to say THANK YOU to the generous backers of my Kickstarter campaign. The awesome people listed below came together and pledged their support so that I could learn how to be a better writer.
I hope you click on their names and get to know some of the people in this great group. Many of them are artists, or supporters of various charities. Some of them are business owners — need a place to stay in California? — and some of them have had their own Kickstarter campaigns. All of them believe in dreams, so please pass their links along!
John Paul Lebitsch
Carolyn M. Payne
Special thanks to fine artist Kamil Vojnar for allowing me to use the image of the winged man as the ‘face’ of Sirenstories.
And last, but also first, thank you to my parents.
On a related note, if you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you might be wondering, why YA?
Why do I love YA so much? Why am I writing YA?
Young Adult literature is about people becoming who they are. Teens growing into the people they’re meant to be.
But it is idealistic to think that this always happens, and even more idealistic to think that it happens during the ages of 12-24.
Sometimes, you become the person you’re meant to be at twenty-eight, sometimes at thirty-three. Sometimes it happens when you become a parent, or start a second career, or a third one. If you’re lucky, you never stop becoming. You continue growing, and evolving. I say we don’t grow up, we grown on. We keep adding to ourselves with every effort me make, with each experience we have. And the people we connect with—they add to us as well.
We all have a seventeen-year-old inside. Or hey, maybe you are seventeen. Or eighteen. Or thirteen or fourteen or fifteen or sixteen. If you’re a teen, or you’re interested in hanging out with your inner teen (that’s the part of you that loves ‘firsts’ and all the excitement that comes with them) then you are the person I’m writing for. Why I feel so compelled to reach you is a topic for another time.
Often, the person you are meant to be changes somewhere along the way and you don’t even realize it. Which is why I encourage you to be an active participant in creating yourself, your life, and your art. Loss is part of life, but if you are making continual creative efforts, you will continue to gain—to grow on.
The sun rises. A cup of coffee steams. Everything is the same, everything is different. What is this is also that, on our constantly changing path. But as I move forward on my path, I will always be grateful to the people listed above—as well as the many muscians and artists who are not listed—for inspiring me to move forward.