Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Clari Dees FIRST SALE PARTY!!!!!


Hello, Seekerville friends. My name is Clari Dees. I am a former homeschooler who started volunteering at her second home, the public library, the summer after high school graduation. Within a month, that volunteer position had turned into a paying job. With a short-term exception around a major move, I have spent the last decade and a half enjoying my job as a small-town librarian.

While there are some patrons that are more difficult than others—oh, the stories I can tell—that’s neither here nor there.  

Working in a library indulges my love of books and research, and for a while, that was enough. But my job could never quite fulfill that deeper need to create my own stories.

My mother says that as a child, I was such a perfectionist that if I couldn’t do something right the first time, I would quit and not try again. Unfortunately, that personality quirk caused me to bury my desire to write for a long time in fear of failure. There is a false safety in not trying: if you don’t try, you don’t fail and prove to yourself how bad you really are at something. I was focusing on the obstacles instead of the goal or even the journey. 

"Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take your eyes off the goals."  Henry Ford 

For years, I put myself to sleep acting out story scenes in my head, I just wasn’t sure what to do with the bits and pieces of ideas floating around my brain. Finally, I began to pray about it. (Duh, Clari, should have done that a long time ago.) I asked the Lord, if it was His desire for me to write, to show me what to write as well as how to go about it. I prayed this prayer for a couple of years, still too fearful to put my ideas down on paper, or in this technological age, the computer screen. However, I did put some tentative feet to my prayers and began to research “writing.”

During this time, my youngest brother, a homeschool graduate who’d struggled with school work, decided it was time to tackle college and pursue his own dreams. As I checked his college papers for him, marveling at his ability to get his thoughts on paper in spite of some mild dyslexia and watched him grow and excel as a student, I realized my “little” brother (he’s taller than I am, and he loves to remind me of that fact) was much braver than I was. He was refusing to allow fear to limit his dreams, while I, on the other hand, needed a good dose of courage. Either that or a swift kick to the seat of my motivation.




So I told the Lord, “If my brother can chase his dreams, I can too, but I need help and direction.” (When courage is lacking, sometimes sibling competition is the next best thing. Sorry, bro. J)

Then one morning, I awoke with an idea for a story and a scene that absolutely begged—no, demanded—to be written down, and I applied fingers to keyboard. I was following several writing blogs by this time (Seekerville among them), and although I was alternately encouraged by other writers and discouraged by how much I didn’t know, I continued to work on my story, trying to apply the writing instructions so generously shared by other authors. It wasn’t exactly easy, but I was finally doing what I had only dreamed about. I was putting a story on paper.

Several months later when I wrote “The End,” I knew I wasn’t done and spent more time rewriting and polishing before letting my family read what I had written. Now I know they’re not exactly unbiased critics, but they did give me some good feedback, and I polished some more. I was reaching the end of what I knew to do on my own and prayed for direction as to my next step—continue working on my current story or move on to something else?


Then Seekerville hosted another contest. A query letter contest. I had only just learned what a Query letter was but decided to stretch my learning and comfort zone. I would write a query letter. The cowardly lion had finally found a bit of courage!


 I’m still amazed I took that leap–-an eyes-closed, don’t-look, audacious leap—but I did, and several weeks later I received an email saying my query letter had finaled and would be going on to Melissa Endlich at Love Inspired.

I was ecstatic and scared all in the same breath! I had actually written something that finaled in a contest!? Surely they’d contacted the wrong person? Ruthy must have made a mistake! (Not that I was going to correct her.)

I waited with bated breath (no, I wasn’t chewing on fishing worms, they were gummy worms, in case you were wondering).


Eventually, along came another email. The editor actually wanted to see my manuscript! Wow! Oh. My! My miserable lack of writing skills was about to be found out. By a Love Inspired editor, no less. To keep my mind off the waiting, I delved into a new story idea and tried to forget that I’d put my writing out there for someone outside my family to read.


 When a couple of months had passed and I was wondering if my rejected manuscript was lost in the mail, I received another email. This one from Tina James, Love Inspired editor. She wanted to set up a time to call and talk to me about my manuscript. Every possible and impossible scenario ran through my head as I waited for that phone call. And the most impossible scenario happened. She wanted my story!  

Please don’t wake me up if I’m dreaming! Because suddenly, against all odds, a deeply personal and closely guarded dream is coming true! A dream I’ve only shared with my family up to this point.

God has gently directed my path, graciously opened doors of opportunity, and given me the courage to walk through them, showing me the steps to take only when I was ready to take them. He has proved He does indeed give us the desires of our heart when we seek Him, even when we have all the courage of a frightened mouse. He also used the gracious and willing hands of Seekerville writers to encourage and provide those doors of opportunity, and for that, I offer an enormous…
I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m awake as I work through the list of revisions my editor sent me. The Marshal Meets His Match, will be published by Love Inspired Historicals sometime in the near future. I’ll keep you posted as to a publication date. In the meantime, I’m gettin’ my exercise with a certain white and black beagle…

I am not the cook in my family (I’d rather be reading or writing), but I can bake, and there’s plenty of piping hot apple-cinnamon muffins, strawberry muffins, orange juice and chocolate milk this morning. Enjoy!


Clari comes from a large preacher’s family that spent their vacations doing mission work. She has visited almost every state in the US, helped teach VBS on a Navajo reservation, laid concrete tile on a church roof in Rapid City, SD, and laid brick on a church in Kentucky. When she’s not busy saving the world as a librarian—okay, so maybe it’s only a school student with an overdue paper—or tracking down an elusive genealogy question, she can be found at her computer plotting incriminating evidence for hapless fictional characters, or enjoying her family and menagerie of animals in the country. She can be found online at cdeesbookshelf.blogspot.com 

119 comments:

Helen Gray said...

And now there's coffee to go with your layout!

Super Congratulations, Clari. We're all cheering for you. Rah! Rah! Rah!

Helen

Jan Drexler said...

What an inspiring story, Clari! You took the leap, and look where you've landed! Woo hoo!

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations, Clari! What wonderful news.

Terri Reed said...

Congratulations.
The muffins sound delicious.

Virginia said...

Oh, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE first sale stories!!!!

And this was incredibly inspiring. You prayed for guidance, and God answered with nudges and whispers and invisible hugs. What a beautiful story.

I can't wait to read this! Congratulations, CLARI!!!!


And librarians rock. And home schoolers. Not that I'm biased. :O

Cathy Shouse said...

Thanks for sharing your story. So inspiring!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I love this story! Clari, you must share this muffin recipe, dahlink! So delish!

:)

Mostly I love that she was afraid to argue with me. If only I could inspire that kind of fear around here. Alas, that is NOT my fate...

CLARI!!!! So excited to be hosting this party for you, dear girl! And give your brother a hug for me because many a great success was spawned from the waters of sibling rivalry, LOL! Long live righteous competition!

Helen W said...

Congratulations Clari! What a great journey to publication :) May God bless you with many more stories!

MaryC said...

Congratulations, Clari! What a lovely, inspiring story. I hope this is just the first of many sales for you.

Jessica Nelson said...

Wow, what an awesome story! I love how you've written it. Thank goodness for brothers, right? lol
Your title sounds great. Congrats!!

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Clari, what a marvelous reminder, as we start the day, to turn to God for guidance as we write. Thanks so much.

Looking forward to taking pictures of your book on the bookshelf here in NC, reading it, and putting it on my keeper shelf!

Blessings as your journey continues.

Peace, Julie

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Rose said...

Congratulations, Clari!!!

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Best of luck with your book. It's got a great title!

Jackie said...

How inspiring. Thanks for sharing, and CONGRATULATIONS!

Jackie L.

Glynna Kaye said...

CONGRATULATIONS, CLARI! And welcome to Love Inspired!!!

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

May and I are SNOOPY DANCIN' with you (and she knows how to make those moves)! This is PAWSOME!!!

Seriously - you teared me up with this line Because suddenly, against all odds, a deeply personal and closely guarded dream is coming true!

Congratulations Clari!!! Thrilled for you and thanks to the Seekers (and your bro... HA!)

Your muffins are delicious BTW.

Whitney said...

Congrats, Clari! Your story is such an exciting one, one that seems to mirror my own perfectionist faults to a great degree.

I would love to hear some of those patron stories. LOL.

Keep us updated on a release date. What are you working on now?

Whitney

Jamie Adams said...

Congratulations!!! What a great first sale story. I can't wait to read your book.

Jeanne T said...

Clari--what a fun story! :)Congratulations on your first sale--soooooo exciting! Looking forward to seeing your book in print.

Hoping to come back later and read other comments. :)

Kav said...

Oh Clari, I have butterflies from reading your story. I'm sooooo excited for you!!!!!!! And LOVE that you are a librarian! I'm at two school libraries but am yearning for a small town library gig. I'm trying not to covet, honest!

Pam Hillman said...

Congratulations Clari! What a wonderful first sale story. Amazing what God can do with a willing vessel.

And... "I was focusing on the obstacles instead of the goal or even the journey."

Wow.

I'm going to write this up and put in in my office!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Morning Clari, What a terrific story. Congratulations and thank you for listening to God. Now we have another published author in our midst. smile

Its amazing what happens when we take a leap of faith.

Have fun with your first sale. They are special.

Librarians rock.

And so do the muffins. Thanks

Linnette R Mullin said...

Congratulations, Clari! How exciting! And thank you for sharing your story. I'm a bit of a chicken myself and I really needed to read this right now. Thank you!

Linnette R Mullin said...

I'm grabbing a hot cup of tea and heading to my MS!

Clari Dees said...

Good morning, Seekervillagers. I didn't get much sleep last night because I was so excited about seeing you this morning.

You are all so sweet and encouraging and are a HUGE part of why I tried in the first place. I hope everyone has an awesome day today, because you've blessed me very much this morning!

Clari Dees said...

HELEN, JAN, & KELI,

Thank you! :-)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Congratulations, Clari! Tell us about the selling manuscript. Where the idea came from and the basic plot idea (don't give the spoilers). :)

Clari Dees said...

Terri,
I'm reading "The Secret Heiress" right now. It's good! I think I've got all your books on my shelf now.

Clari Dees said...

Virginia,
Homeschoolers can be biased, we're already weird, right? :-)

Clari Dees said...

Cathy and Jan,
"Inspiring."

Aww, shucks, Ladies. Thank you.

Jan Drexler said...

Clari, homeschoolers aren't weird. We're...unique!

Now, doesn't that sound SO much better?

Clari Dees said...

Ruthy,
You inspire a lot more than fear, you insprire CONFIDENCE!

The muffins are an old Betty Crocker cookbook recipe. The apple cinnamon and strawberry are in the variations list for a simple sweet muffin. Yum!

And I'll definitely give my brother a HUGE hug next time I see him, because he's away at college and I don't get to hang out with him everyday, now.

Clari Dees said...

Helen W, MaryC, Jessica, Julie, Rose, Jackie, and Gynna Kaye,

Thank you, Ladies!

Clari Dees said...

KC and May,
Thank you for joining me. My two Jack Russells can bust some Serious dance moves. It's a regular party, now!

Now you've got me tearing up.

Clari Dees said...

Whitney,

Being a perfectionist can be such a pain, but since it's the way God made me, I need to learn to work with it. (Easier said then done...)

At the moment, I'm learning all sorts of new things like:

Writing a "Dear Reader" letter.
Coming up with "Discussion" questions.
Writing a short bio for the front of the book.

I always wondered who wrote those things. Now I know. Me. (Ack!)

I've got my revisions turned in, so as soon as I get those little things done, I will get back to my WIP. Poor Rose, I left her stranded in a snow storm.

Clari Dees said...

Jamie and Jeanne,

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed my story. (My "internal editor" was worried.)

Rebecca said...

What a fabulous story! You're such an inspiration for those of us still at the "Cowardly Lion" stage.
Congrats on your first sale! Keep us posted on the release date. I'll be waiting in line!

Clari Dees said...

Kav,

I hope you get your small town library. They're strange, crazy, and fun.

Clari Dees said...

Pam,

"I'm going to write this up and put in my office!"

Oh, you made me tear up again. Thank you!

Clari Dees said...

Sandra,
Those leaps of faith look good once you've made them. It's pretty scary beforehand, though.

"Librarians rock."
:-)
Thank you!

Clari Dees said...

Linnette,

"I'm a bit of a chicken..."

From one big chicken to another, "Chickens Unite! Chickens Rule!"

Hmmm...now it's sounding a bit like the movie Chicken Run. :-)

Hope you get lots of work done on your WIP today.

Connie Queen said...

Clari

You're so inspiring. And I love that it was Seekerville's contest.

Yes, homeschoolers are a little weird. I only homeschool one of my kids and so many people at Walmart ask why he's not in school.

Can you tell us more about your book? What's it about?

Clari Dees said...

Rebecca,

Thank you! God gave this cowardly lion courage, but only in His timing. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..." has new meaning for me now.

I'll definitely let you all know as soon as I know a release date!

Mary Connealy said...

REMEMBER THESE WORDS OF WISDON CLARI!

WRITING A NOVEL IS 1 PART INSPIRATION AND 99 PARTS PERSPERATION....WHICH IS WHY NOVELISTS OFTEN TIMES SMELL SO BAD!

Myra Johnson said...

Clari, we're so excited for you! So glad you followed your dream and stepped out of your "perfectionist" comfort zone! I know from experience that is a very hard trap to escape.

I see you're already experiencing the "other side" of publication--all the extra things that have to happen before a book makes it into print.

My advice? ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!!!!

Clari Dees said...

Connie,

We got all kinds of looks and comments. When I was 8 or 9, there was actually a legal/political battle going on in Missouri about whether or not they were going to go after homeschoolers. So we didn't even go out of the house during school hours for a year or so. It's so much better for homeschoolers now.

As for my book,
It is a western set in 1880s Colorado. There's a bank robbery, an impromptu horse race, a slightly annoying matchmaker, and a headstrong heroine and stubborn Marshall who don't want to be matched!

Bridgett Henson said...

Congratulations, Clari. I loved hearing your story.

"perfect love casteth out fear." 1 John 4:18

Carol Moncado said...

Mary - I thought that was because of Tina's pajama weekends... ;)

Clari - YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAY!!!! Congratulations!!!! That's awesome! Can't wait to hear more!

Clari Dees said...

Mary Connealy,

LOL!

Note to self: Take More Showers!

Clari Dees said...

Myra,

It is definitely a learning experience, but I'm trying not to "sweat" it too much, and enjoy the ride. Of course, it is kinda cool to say, "Oh, I'm just working on my letter to the reader." Which implies I have readers!

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Bridgett. How very true!

Mary Connealy said...

AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

I'M THRILLED FOR YOU CLARI!!!
AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
WESTERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
GOOD FOR YOU, CLARI!!!!!!
AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Melanie Dickerson said...

What an amazing story, Clari! I am so tickled for you!!! :-) God knew you had it in you all along. Don't you sometimes look back on your life, knowing what you know now, and imagine God smiling and shaking his head?

I'm so happy you went for it! Now comes the hard part! (Whoops! Don't want to scare you.) :-) It's a lot of fun being published. It really is. Enjoy it!!!

Clari Dees said...

Mary,
(giggling) I thought you might appreciate that. :-)

Melanie,
I'm so glad God doesn't give up on getting through my thick skull. And yes, I'm finding out that getting the story on paper was only half the battle. But hey, I'm halfway there!

Janet Dean said...

Congratulations Clari!!! I love Call stories and all of us in Seekerville are thrilled for yours!!! And maybe a tad envious of your speedy path to publication. :-) You will love Tina James.

Thanks for the goodies!

Janet

Clari Dees said...

Janet,

Thank you. I'm going to have too big a head to fit through the door of the library this morning from all these lovely comments.

But off to work I must go. After all, it does pay (most) of the bills. I'll catch you all in an hour or so...

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Wow, Clari! What an inspiring blog posts. Writers need to read this so that they don't lose hope about their publication journey.

Lyndee said...

HI Clari,
Congrats! What a great story. Looking forward to reading your book.

Right now I'm taking a break to Happy Dance with you and I've brought along my three Pom fur-girls to bust moves with your Jack's. (Will try to stay off the sofas though, lol).

Cue the music :)

Julie Lessman said...

CLARI!!! WOW, what a truly inspiring blog and story today, girl!! I am SO thrilled for you and LOVE your title. Cannot WAIT to see the cover and look forward to reading your debut book!!

Doing the Snoopy dance with you in St. Loo ...

Hugs,
Julie

Linnette R Mullin said...

LOL, Clari!!! (Love your name, btw. Sounds like a great heroine's name. ;-)

Ever seen a blue chicken? That's what we are. (blue=writer/artist) As to the Chicken run... that's how I feel when I'm writing sometimes. Like a chicken running without its head. :D

I'm working on a story I started long ago and thinking it could be worked into my current series. I just need to figure a way to connect the characters...

Anonymous said...

Super congrats, Clari,
How awesome that God led you to Seekerville. He dumped me here, kicking and screaming, a few years back.

And I am very thankful.

Tina P.

Donna said...

I think everyone here can identify with all the emotions you described in your blog. Maybe that's why we are all so genuinely happy for your success! You know we'll be reading it!

Nancy C said...

>>Clari wrote: As for my book,
It is a western set in 1880s Colorado. There's a bank robbery, an impromptu horse race, a slightly annoying matchmaker, and a headstrong heroine and stubborn Marshall who don't want to be matched!<<

A western?
OH MY GOSH!
A western???
Really?
Honest?
Truly?

On a totally selfish note: thank you for taking that leap. I get to read another western because you did ;-)

Congrats!
Nancy

Pat Davis said...

Such an inspiring story for those of us seeking publication, Clari. I can feel your excitement. Major Congratulations!

Lori Benton said...

Congratulations Clari! Way to face those fears and overcome. May God bless you through this first novel experience, every step of the way.

Love your name, btw. :)

Clari Dees said...

Lyndee,
First off, I'm kinda partial to your name. My sister has the same name/same spelling!

And the more dogs the merrier. And we'll make an exception about the sofas for today. That's what lint rollers are for. Right?

Clari Dees said...

Julie,

Hey, St. Louis is only two hours south of me, I think I can see your Snoopy Dance from here.

(I can't wait to see my book cover, either. Squee!)

Clari Dees said...

Linnette,

Ooh, are you a country girl? We grew up using "chicken running around without his head" all the time. City folks thought we were nuts! But if you've ever been around chickens...

Linnette and Lori,

I've always loved my name. It's one with a little story. I'm named after my grandfather who died when my father was seven years old. Asa Clarence Dees was a chemical engineer with Phillips 66 and his name is on one of the original patents for plastic. I've always been proud that I carry a shortened version of his name.

Clari Dees said...

Tina and Donna,

Seekerville is an AWESOME place. It's so encouraging to know that there are others going through the same emotions and struggles. That has been such a huge encouragement to me to know I'm not alone.

Clari Dees said...

Nancy,

Yes, a western. And I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Here's to westerns! (raising my orange juice for a toste.)

Clari Dees said...

Pat,

Thank you. These Seekerville people sure help pave the way for us newbies, don't they?!

Erica Vetsch said...

Congratulations, Clari! What a wonderful story!

Digging for Pearls said...

Great story Clari and congrats on your first sale. How exciting. Can't wait to read your book when it comes out. :)

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe

Linnette R Mullin said...

Yes, Clari. I grew up in the Missouri Ozarks - Mark Twain National Forest and I've heard that phrase my whole like! :D

Love the story about your name! That's awesome! My story is that God changed my mom's mind. She planned to name me Jordanna (not sure how it's spelled). Instead, she named me after my aunt Linda - nette instead of da. :D Another fun fact, when I was around the age of 10 I discovered that my dad's middle initial is the same as mine. Being such a huge daddy's girl, I decided then and there than if I ever had my name in print I would use the R to honor my dad. And now its happened. (Just not with my novel, yet.) :D

Phillips. Wow! I have to tell my hubby that one. He loves all things historical. :D

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Erica and Jodie.

Linnette,
Apparently God thinks little things like names are important, huh? ;-)

My middle name also belongs to my mom and grandmom, so I love using your middle initial to honor your dad! And I LOVE the Missouri Ozarks. I grew up in them, too. Hunted, fished and trail rode through lots of the MTNForest.

Joanne Sher said...

That is SUCH a wonderful story, Clari! LOVE it.

Linnette R Mullin said...

You're kidding me!!! Where? I grew up in Ellington.

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Joanne.

Linnette, I lived 18 years in Rolla. We liked to visit places like Mill Spring, Elephant Rocks, and went to church camp down around Puxico. Small world, no?

Linnette R Mullin said...

Clari, I'd love to keep in touch. Can we swap email? Mine is lr dot mullin at live dot com.

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Clari, congratulations! I hope God blesses you with many future stories, and thank you for sharing your story of courage for the rest of us dipping a toe into the seas around UnPubbed Island :)

Linnette R Mullin said...

Oh my word! I grew up in Ellington and then moved to Jeff City my senior year. I LOVE Elephant Rocks! Did you ever make it to Johnson's Shut-ins or Clearwater Lake?

I won't be around this evening, but I'd love to connect!

Walt Mussell said...

My wife volunteered at our sons' elementary school library for several years. She's not a librarian but is a substitute teacher. Great story you have!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Connealy, we don't ALL smell bad.

Just sayin'....

And Rebecca, I can totally hear ya on the cowardly lion phase. I still fight that stupid cat, regularly.

But I pretend to be brave, so only a few folks see the "shaky cat" inside.

And of course, now ALL OF YOU....

Hey, I found a nip of something Jack left behind from his whirlwind tour of Seekerville-the-Village last week.

I'm sure it's just rum-flavored.

But I brought it along to share!

Hey, do I smell chocolate????

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Stephanie. So far I've managed to avoid those writer-eating sharks circling the island. Maybe its those new garlic capsules. :-)

Clari Dees said...

Linnette,
We never made it to Johnson's Shut-ins. We always did Elephant Rocks instead since it was such a long drive. I would love to keep in touch. cdeesbooks at gmail dot com

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Walt. Your wife is a very brave woman working with children. I definitely prefer the adults. :-)

Clari Dees said...

Ruthy,
Good nose! I have chocolate...peanut butter cups in fact. :-) Here, take one. Or five.

Linnette R Mullin said...

Just sent you an email. I have to run. Worthy causes calling my name. :D

If you ever get the chance to go to the Shut-ins you gotta go. They're awesome! :D

TTFN!

Lyndee said...

Wow, Clari, your sister's name is the same as mine? Very cool and very rare to find this spelling. My mother was on drugs when she named me. The legal kind that they gave delivering mother's back in the day, and in her wooziness one of the nurses asked her how to spell my name and Mom replied, 'any way you want to spell it...' So a random nurse gifted me the unusual spelling! LOL...

Clari Dees said...

Lyndee,

It is rare. I have one patron here at the library that has the same spelling, and then of course, my sis, and now you. (Uh, oh. I think you Lyndees are ganging up on us.)

My mom wasn't on drugs (hee, hee) since our Lyndee was born at home, but mom had already decided on her name and the different spelling beforehand.

CatMom said...

Congratulations Clari!! I loved reading about your journey, and look forward to reading your book. Blessings as you write for the Lord, Patti Jo :)

Faye said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Clari,

So happy for you!

And I love your title. That would make me buy the book right off the bat. Love those Marshall stories!

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

Cheers,
Sue

Clari Dees said...

Thank you Patti Jo and Faye.

Clari Dees said...

Susan,
I must admit I had help with the title. The word Marshal was in the original title, but the original was too similar to an earlier LI Historical. I wasn't doing very well with an alternate title, so Tina actually put this one together. She even kept my theme of "M" alliteration. The minute I saw the title, I smacked my forehead and said, "Duh!" It fits.

Natalie Monk said...

Okay, Clari. I'm not an overly emotional person, but this post made me teary-eyed! The story of your dream-come-true was such an INSPIRATION! God bless you in your writing journey. I look forward to hearing the release date of your book!

I know somewhere in heaven there is going to be a GINORMOUS trophy for the Seeker ladies that reads, "for helping frightened, closet writers become successful authors." And I hope one day to be one of them--the scared-turned-successful, I mean. :)

Helen Gray said...

Clari:

I'm laughing. I live just a few miles from Mill Spring.

Jillian Kent said...

So happy for you, Clari. Welcome to the world of your dreams come true. And another historical author too. Loved your post!

Jill

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

Checking back in, Clari.
What a day you've had!
Nothing like a Seeker party is there?
So TWO Jack Russells. Never a dull moment around there! BOL (That's Barking out loud, says May)
:)

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

OK WAIT!
My middle name also belongs to my mom and grandmom
ME TOO!!!
Wawzah - you have lots in common with many posters here today.

My Mom and her Mom were born on the exact same date.
I apparently wanted my own day. (Should have told them something right then and there huh?) Born 1 hour later, the next date. Mom said she was in labor for 16 hours and tried REAAAALLLLY hard but, nope.

Anonymous said...

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http://www.businesstraveltours.com is my blog.

Clari Dees said...

Natalie,

Aww, thanks. And yes, the Seekerville ladies are layin up rewards up there!

Clari Dees said...

Helen,

Mill Spring! Cool! Missourians Rawk! I'm just sayin'...
:-)

Clari Dees said...

Thanks, Jill! Have to do something with all those historical tidbits I run across while doing genealogy. :-)

KC and May, It has been quite a fun day/party, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

KC, a bit opinionated are you? :-)

Anonymous said...

Okay, I stopped by earlier to congrats and my comment isn't there, unless, I'm missing something.

But congrats again, Clari.

Blessings

Tina P.

Cindy W. said...

CONGRATULATIONS CLARI!!!!! I have to tell you the first part of your post could have been me writing it. I still have tidbits floating through my head. The second part made me cry. I am just so happy for you I'm doing the Snoopy dance too!

Continued success Clari!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

Clari Dees said...

Tina P, I remember seeing your post earlier. Hmmm...wonder what happened to it?

Clari Dees said...

Cindy W,

It's nice/encouraging to know I'm not the only "weird" one out there! Thank you! Snoopy is gonna be one tired puppy tonight! ;-)

Missy Tippens said...

Clari, I'm late to your celebration. But I'm so VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED for you!!!! :)

Congratulations! And thanks for sharing your story. I just LOVE first sale stories! :)

Cara Lynn James said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Clari! Congratulations on selling your book and thanks for telling us about your story to publication.

Valerie Comer said...

Super congrats, Clari! Tina did not have the same reaction to the manuscript she asked ME to see, lol. But that's okay, my debut is coming out in May from Barbour, part of a collection called Rainbow's End set in (get this, all you Missourians!) Osage Beach, Missouri.

Sherrinda said...

Congratulations!!! What an amazing story you have!

And I absolutely LOVE gummy worms...and bears. In fact, I am eating gummy bears RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Missy & Cara. In the words of the immortal Minnie Pearl, "I'm jes' so proud to be here!"

Valerie! Way Cool! Told you Missourians Rawk!

Sherrinda, I love gummies, too. But I'm fresh out. :-( Guess I'll have to console myself with ice cream.

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Sorry I'm writing so late, but I just had to say Congratulations!!!

Janet Kerr said...

WOW!! This is an incredible story!
Jan

Clari Dees said...

Thank you, Janet and Eva!

PatriciaW said...

Congratulations, Clari!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Woohoo! CONGRATULATIONS!

Good luck & God's blessings on your new book and all those you desire to write!
PamT

marybelle said...

How wonderful!!

My dream job would be to work in a library.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com