RELEASE DAY

ReleaseDay_MizushimaThe release day for Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery is here—December 8, 2015—the day I’ve been dreaming about for over a year. I’m thrilled of course, but most of all I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all the people who made this day happen. First, there was my agent, Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management, who read the manuscript and fell in love with the story and the characters. What would I do without her? She shores me up and supports me each step of the way. Then editors Matt Martz and Nike Power of Crooked Lane Books gave the book a chance, loved the characters, and helped me shape it into the best mystery it could be. The staff members at Crooked Lane are dedicated professionals who make sure things get done without losing me in the process. And now publicist Dana Kaye of Kaye Publicity and her staff are making sure we get the word out so that others can fall in love with Robo, Deputy Mattie Cobb, and Cole Walker, DVM. Dana’s team of publicists is the best!

I appreciate being associated with these wonderful people more than I can say. And that’s all I can say at the moment, because the computer screen has blurred. I need to go and wipe my tears.

Inspiration

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reach the skiesWhen I was about to leave my secure position working as a hospital employee to launch a business of my own, a friend gave me this quote scribbled on a scrap of paper. I posted it on the bulletin board of my new office and read it almost every morning. Ten years later, I sold that business and transferred that yellowed scrap of paper to my bulletin board in my home office. I dreamed that I could write a novel, and I wrote five during the next decade. Killing Trail will be the first one published.

What is your dream? What’s your inspiration?

Gratitude

Many years ago I started a gratitude journal. All humans are bound to suffer sometime during their lifetime, and I felt like I’d been through some hard times. So at the end of each day, I would record ten items for which I could be grateful. A variety of things ended up on these pages. Some were small things that happened during the day like finding a quick parking spot; some were major, like gratitude for a loved one or for my health; most were just ordinary things that I felt lucky to receive like a hug from a client, a midday phone call from a family member, rain on a hot day. Over time, I began to view life events differently. Instead of focusing on the day’s trials or disappointments, I searched for moments of gratitude. Rather than waiting until the end of the day to write in my journal, I whispered thank you right there on the spot. Spontaneous gratitude became a habit.

This technique isn’t new, and I’m not the first one to write about it. But if you want to make an adjustment in your attitude and haven’t yet given it a try, I recommend that you do. It might change the way you look at the world.

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