So much has happened in the past two months–
The most saddening news is my dad passed away in mid June.
Before he passed on, we traveled together to the West Coast. I was able to show him the beautiful coastal highway 1. He saw the Paramount Studio in Los Angeles, the China Town and one of the piers in San Francisco. In his semi-conscious state, we visited the Yellowstone National Park, then we were in the ICU at the hospital in Cody, WY for a good week.
Before he passed on, I was happy to show him my first book. Holding the book in his hands, he flipped through the pages on which were strange letters to him. And yet, he paused at the pages which show images of my late mother, me and him; of our old rundown home No. 14. He congratulated me in a texted message, saying he can’t express his feelings in words.
Now his absence has made my first book weigh more.
I have been busy dealing with his after-death affairs. When asked whether I am having fun promoting my memoir, I only can say I have done little so far. As I confessed today on my Facebook account, I am a terrible saleswoman. Perhaps that explains why it took me a very long time to get my book published via a literary agent. In fact, I don’t have an agent. The agent is me. I am the sole representative of my first book.
To an emerging writer, I especially appreciate sharing my story with you. If you ask me what you can do during my grieving for the loss of my father, getting a copy of my memoir OR donating your copy to your local library will mean tons to me and my late parents. I personally would like to sign a copy and mail it to you as a “thank-you”. I am even thinking of contributing part of the proceeds of the book sale to the American Cancer Society.
This morning I saw a review by my good friend on my publisher’s website. I am grateful.
A few days ago I saw a copy of my memoir standing on the shelf at a local library. I am grateful.
In addition to the publisher’s website, Amazon (uk, us, canada websites), now you may also find my book on Barnes&Noble website:
and Watersones website:
I write because I want to make my voice heard, not for money, not for fame.
Now, I want to voice for the cancer patients and their loved ones. I am very grateful for all your support.