As I am working on finishing my 13th novel--and boy is it acting like number 13--the success of my son-in-law and his co-writer have been more than distracting. Jeffrey Cranor (the one I'm related to) and Joseph Fink created a podcast in 2012. As of this writing, that podcast has had more than 100 million downloads. Now, their first novel is out in hardback. They are on a month long book tour and, two weeks in a row, they are appearing on the NY Times Bestseller list with the likes of John Grisham, JK Rowling, Michael Connelly and Elizabeth George.
I remember when my first book came out and how excited I was, but it was released the week of my son's wedding. I was a little distracted and verklempt. It was a great time and no feeling can quite compare--except for the success of people I love. My son now has three beautiful daughters and has risen in the ranks of his chosen profession. So proud of him. So proud of my daughter who is creative, brilliant and a wonderful dancer. My daughter-in-law is a kind and generous woman who is raising her children with love and laughter.
As a mom, the success of my kids is better than a first novel, and WAY better than a thirteenth novel. Each child and grandchild has a book dedicated to them. But my name in the acknowledgments of Welcome to Night Vale, my son-in-law's book, was a precious surprise. Yes, I cried a little. Celebrate your loved ones and only read the book you most want to read right this minute because as Thoreau said, otherwise you might not get to. Oh, and he also said this: