I am thrilled that this book has finally been born.
It’s a story that’s been near and dear to me for a very long time. I first wrote it many years ago before I had published a single book, and when I was just starting out in TV. I had no idea of what to do with it then so I did nothing. It sat dormant for long stretches of time, patiently waiting for me to get my act together to make it a reality. Every so often I’d take it out, remember how much I loved the story, and do another re-write. Then it would sit again.
A few years back I thought it would finally get published, but the rug got pulled out and it went back into the drawer. At that point I truly thought it would never happen.
Then about a year ago I took it out and once again was seduced by the story and became determined, once again, to make it happen. I have to thank the good folks at Audible, most notably Heather Alexander, for seeing what I always saw and for wanting to make this an original audio book.
Of course I then went back in to re-work it yet again. And now, finally, it has become the story it will remain forever.
When I speak at schools, one of my messages to young writers (and anyone else who loves to create) is that you can never give up. If you believe in what you’re doing, and your vision, you can’t let the negative voices win. You must have faith in yourself and your talent. It isn’t easy, but you must persevere. The Equinox Curiosity Shop is proof of that.
I hope you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it.