Wednesday, February 29, 2012

With Keyboard In Hand

"What Writing Is"

     "Telepathy, of course. It's amazing when you stop to think about it—for years people have argued about whether or not such a thing exists, folks like J. B. Rhine have busted their brains trying to create a valid testing process to isolate it, and all the time it's been right there, lying out in the open like Mr. Poe's Purloined Letter. All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation."

- Stephen King 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Copyright 2000

     No one could express it better. Every writer worth his or her ink sends a reader to places they've never been and brings them home with memories they've never experienced in the corporeal sense.

     Seeing Delaney's People in print is one of the great joys of my life. Most days I hear from someone saying they loved the book or enjoyed traveling along with me and my imagination. Those comments are treasured.

     In three days I will be hosting my Very First Book Signing. It is no exaggeration to say that I did not dare to dream such a thing for most of my life. Throughout years of event planning I learned a lot about throwing a party (thank you, Junior League!) and I am giddy at the mere thought of this one.

     Today's post is a giant, heartfelt thank you to all the people who believed in my writing and read every word of each draft, from rough to less rough to polished. They are named on the acknowledgements page, and I am more grateful than I can say.

     If you've read the book, you are familiar with Margaret. She embodies some of the very best characteristics of my beloved grandmother, Lucile Kadle Holder Sodeman. There would be no Margaret without my "Mamas." It breaks my heart that I lost her before Delaney's People was published, but I feel her with me every step of the way. Her spirit will be there Saturday. 

     Writing has always made me happy. Hearing from those who have enjoyed my work . . . well, that's more than I could have asked for. 

Love from Delta.


  1. So proud of you, Mom. I love you.

  2. "Mamas" has read "Delaney's People" with more pleasure, and more often, than anyone. You have done her proud!!!


  3. Reading Delaney's People made ME happy!

  4. As close as I am to you, I see the kernel from which each of your characters grow. That made reading your stories sheer delight.
    Ol Unca Reese