Celebrating A New Life

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I never dreamt in a million years that this day would come.  I’ve been in labor for six long years and today, SCATTERING ASHES, A Memoir of Letting Go, has officially been born.  Someone asked me yesterday, how it feels to have accomplished this magical feat, and all could say was, “It’s unreal.”

I’ve written a book of two-hundred and thirty-six pages, and I can’t find words to describe how I’m feeling? Humpf! But I know I’m not alone. Every author who pens a book and sees it through to publication is filled with pride and are sometimes wordless when it comes to describing the feeling of having done it.

I can tell you this: I am excited. I am proud of myself. I’ve done something I never thought I would or could do. And I did it!  If I can write a book and get it published, I can do just about anything!

Shall I go for another?  We’ll see.  I have some ideas, but first I must raise the book I’ve just given birth to and send her off into the world.

Please check out my guest blog post over at Create Write Now.

If you’ve read my book or intend to, I’d appreciate it you could write an honest review over on Amazon and Goodreads.  It helps us authors when the word gets out.  Thank you!


  1. Congratulations Joan!! What a brilliant accomplishment.
    You are right … now you can do anything
    I hope you celebrate in style!

  2. I will, Val. Thanks so much!!

  3. Kick up your heels, Joan. Enjoy this moment and all the moments to come in the year ahead as you introduce your baby to the world. Happy to be part of your life and of this joyous day!

  4. Shirley,
    How can find enough words to thank you for all that you have done for me and my book. You are one of the best cheerleaders a writer can have. And I too am happy you are part of my life and this very special day!

    I hope you are having a wonderful adventure!!

  5. Congratulations! Wishing you all the best–good sales and good reviews!
    But even without that, I hope you feel a sense of accomplishment. I remember how excited I was to see my first book in print.

    • Thank you, Merril. I am feeling a great sense of accomplishment. And I so appreciate friends like you.

  6. Congratulations, Joan! I’m looking forward to reading your book asap!

  7. Congrats, Joan. A moment to relish in every way. Good for you.

  8. Joan, many congratulations! How exciting. I am proud of you, too! You are such a role model for others who have difficult relationships with their mothers.

    Just this morning I started reading “Scattering Ashes” and I will be writing a review for my blog and Goodreads and Amazon.

    Wishing you huge success with this book, Joan!

  9. Thanks, so much, Saloma. Just having it out there is a huge success. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  10. I’ll be carrying the banner forward on tomorrow’s blog post – and on Goodreads, Amazon, and RiffleBooks. Brava, Joan!

  11. Congratulations, Joan. Well deserved day of celebration. Looking forward to your book launch event in C-Ville on 9/30.

  12. happy, Happy, HAPPY book BIRTH day! I’m tickled pink for YOU!

  13. Hearty congratulations, Joan!! A big achievement. 🙂

  14. Congratulations Joan. 🙂

  15. Gail Livingston says:

    Brava, brava, Joan
    When you rode with Aimee and me up to Taos from Albuquerque in 2010, you seemed like a very nice lady. I never would have dreamed you had just come through these experiences of losing your mother and your brother nor that those events had shaken you to your core. Now I find you had it in you to write this moving memoir. Since I got the Kindle version, I was able to read it in two sittings, not wanting to stop reading even when I had to take a break. I’m ready to start reading again, to hire your editor, and to award you the Medal of Memoir. You done good.

  16. Brenda Neil says:

    Congratulations Joan! I am looking forward to reading your memoir! what an accomplishment! Love to you and Bill!