The Assassin’s Daughter Turns One! | A Letter (Sort Of)

When I was seventeen, I wrote a book.

A short book, sparked by a scene typed out one autumn day in 2010. It was only a side project, something to work on alongside the novel I was rewriting—a project that was once the book I thought would be my debut novel, which is a little funny to think about now.

But slowly, the story of a girl named Kat took center stage in my brain as that rewrite was completed. Hours past midnight, I’d sit at my desk and open up a document that was steadily growing, purple font and all, to be something different than I’d thought it ever would be, something more than a little side WIP.

And in February 2011, the last words of the epilogue were written. It needed work. (A lot of work.)

I worked on other projects, but always returned to TAD with ideas for improving it and plans for what it might one day be.

And now, over seven years after typing out a single scene, the little side project is published.

Friends and family have read it. People I’ve never met have copies on their shelves and in their ebook libraries.

They’ve taken the time to read the book. They’ve taken photos of it and told others about it and written reviews.

And it never would have happened without the encouragement from family and friends, from everyone who checked in to see how the book was coming along and read the snippets and offered feedback and helped with cover reveals and so many other things.

I wish I knew the proper words to express how surprising and amazing it all is, but every time I try none of the words feel big enough. So many people have encouraged my writing journey over the years and not only helped me shape The Assassin’s Daughter into the story it became but also cheered me through the tough times and celebrated with me in the grand moments.

So most of all, I want to say thank you.

For the encouragement. For the enthusiasm. For picking up the book and giving it a chance in the first place.

Thank you.


  1. You have an amazing talent to bring to life characters and worlds that feel real and relatable. You are truly a storyteller. I am so very proud of the dedication you have for your passion. I have been honored to be a part of your story's journey. I'm so proud of you for sharing your gift with the world. I pray that God honors your faith and courage, and that your story grows and spreads further than you ever dreamed. Happy birthday TAD! I love you BabyGirl!

  2. This is the sweetest thing! I've loved watching your progress and seeing this book step out into the world. It's so exciting, and I'm in awe at all the work you've put into it! Your passion and love for it is beautiful. It's been an honor being a little part of the journey.

    I know God has many more exciting things for you ahead, and I can't wait to see them unfold. ^_^

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! *hugs* Your comments (and blog posts!) over the years have always been a huge encouragement in my writing journey! :)


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