Nobody ever achieves success alone. Here are just a few people who've helped me along the road:
My parents, Joe and Betty Booth--the prior being just plain "cool" and the latter being my executive producer, whether she realizes this or not. There's a shiny new Lexus on the horizon, woman!
My older brother Darin, whose dog Trooper Sparkles makes an appearance outside Tiffany's--foreshadowing a future character! My three younger sisters: Anne Clark, Elizabeth Moffitt, and Jamie Szapka, all of whom gave permission for their dogs to appear as main characters in the story. They are Rudy, Baby Daisy, and Dallie, respectively.
And what is a book about friends without mentioning good friends?
A very special thanks to Jeremy Turkel, for allowing Stella to be included--it was the least we could do! To the outstanding Courtney-Myers family: Chad, Christine and Jimmy, for the loveable Mickey Big Ear! To the lovely Dreisbachs: Bill, Susan, Katie, and Will, for both the excellent Sunday dinners and the last minute addition of their dog Benny, who makes the coffee shop complete!
To Nancy Watson, my biggest fan at Oak Hill Advisors, and the only person outside the production team who was granted access to the progress of the past year.
To The Countess Alex Zapak, the Fairy Queen of Fairytail Punk. Here's a high five from across the pond, love!
To Annika Godfrey, even though you're a cat person you're still "All Right By Me" nine days a week. Mamma loves!
To my illustrator Jose Fragoso, who likely had no idea what brand of crazy he was getting involved with, but whoa did he rise to the occasion and tackle every obsessive compulsive challenge I threw at him, head on! Those results will absolutely speak for themselves.
To my editors--and good friends--Cory Brown and Debbie Dorazio-Brown, who get mad claps for all their hard work and ideas--which truly improved the story beyond my own imagination. Curse you, Cory, for introducing me to Peggle!
To my "business partners" at Lotus Bakeries: Idil Kozanoglu and Kevin Slattery, for being just plain "pawesome" and supporting the "little gal" in a her one woman promotional show to take over the literary world. Grand Central is about to experience a serious sugar smack down, Biscoff style!
And always, to the City of New York, for having that "certain something," that unique energy which ultimately provides an artist with everything she needs: Say, for instance, a chance encounter on your glorious sidewalks with a girl holding a dog wearing pajamas.