Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Someone told me today, "You did this all on your own with no support, and that's incredible!"
And all I could think is... No. No I didn't.
I may have actioned every step to reach my goal of being a self-published author, but it by no means came without tremendous support from those incredible people who have helped my path remain true.
Now the madness of release is settling in, or calming down, I'm not sure which, I wanted to take the time to once again thank those who have made this possible.
My family You've always been there through the years to support me, even when you didn't necessarily agree with my decisions. You've helped shape me into who I am and offered your support every step of the way through too many actions to list. I love you all so much.
Amber Your belief in this story helped me to believe, which is why you must have your own dedicated section despite fitting the next bunch like a glove. Your commitment stands unparalleled and it's fair to say without your influence, TNT would not be what it is today. I hope you know this means I'll be seeking your involvement beta reading every book I write from here on?
My closest friends You know who you are. Our friendships have stood the test of time and continue to do so. You guys have been there bolstering my self belief & embodying true friendship for so long it's hard to know where to begin. So I'll keep it simple. I appreciate the crap out of you. You're my brothers and sisters, and though we may not spend as much time together as once upon a year, the pillar you form in my life is a crucial role in the stories I tell. Never forget that. Fucking love you all.
The brilliant team of humans working at Thyngs You helped me stand when I was broken, even if you don't know it. You offered me the means to re-stabilise & harness my learning to reach my goals. Each of you are wonderful, exactly who & the job I needed to see this novel realised & understand my path. Thank you all.
Avenged Sevenfold & Myles Kennedy Yes, I'm thanking artists who will likely never read this post. They deserve it though. And more than just these artists, too, though that would require WAY too much space. Your music has lifted me from my darkest times more than anything else in the world. I would not be me without you. For that and so much more, I fucking love you all. Music is magic. Keep rockin'. The Storytellers of the world Well, where would any of us be without those who have come before? Thanks for everything, each and every one of you. Those who've entertained me, those who've inspired me, those I've learned from, I owe you so much. I hope that by adding another story to the world, it goes a step in the direction of repaying that debt.
Those who have shown me the clarity of mindfulness There are no words for how you have helped me become me. You have been an extraordinary influence for the better, and forever changed my life. Though you will never read this, thank you. So much.
Everyone who ever showed an interest in this story And I want this to extend to all those who have since its release, too. I wrote this story for me, to begin with. Because I needed to. But to share what it has evolved into it with you all, and working in anticipation of that moment, you'd best believe it means the world. Thank you for your support, each and every last one of you!
Lastly, to those who have broken me throughout my life. Thank you for the lessons. Turns out you offered me the greatest gifts, unexpected though they were. Much love.
I feel there's a lesson in this. We never do anything alone. Not really.