Although I'm sure every writer says this on the eve of publication, I'll reiterate: this is a dream come true. I'm proof that anyone who works hard and develops a thick skin can make the dream of being published a reality. It wouldn't have happened without a lot of toil and perseverance and it didn't happen overnight, but it DID happen and I'm so grateful.
I'm especially grateful to two people: Rafael and Mary Parra, my extraordinary parents, to whom I've dedicated the book. They never set limits on my imagination and always encouraged me to explore my talents. I love you guys!
I recently saw this quote from the author Barbara Taylor Bradford and it resonated with me:
We are each the authors of our own lives, Emma. We live in what we have created. There is no way to shift the blame and no one else to accept the accolades.