First of all, to my family, who've dealt with my writerly freak-outs and neurosis. I would especially like to thank my mom, who reads drafts in record time whenever I ask her.
To my extended family, the most supportive, eclectic bunch of people you'll ever meet.
To all my friends, especially Coco Holbrook and Kita DeMare, who believed in me.
To my wonderful critique partners, beta readers, and writing friends: Liesl Shurtliff, Taryn Albright, Ali Cross, Melanie Jex, Celesta Rimington, and my WIFYR groups. You guys are all amazingly talented writers and such wonderful people! Taryn gets an extra mention for being my business partner-in-crime, and a fellow teen :).
To my roommate, Caitlin Mckelvie, who puts up with my weirdness, and who makes sure it takes me FOREVER to finish revisions by constantly distracting me.
To all my English teachers, especially Kate Arch and Carolyn Turkanis, who supported my creative writing from the start. Thanks must also go to Mindy Thompson, my high school English teacher for three years running.
To Carol Lynch Williams, for the wonderful conference she puts on every year and her amazing dedication to aspiring authors.
To Alane Ferguson, for being the first author who really believed in me, and for introducing me to my agent.
To my agent and editor, who are both awesome.
To everyone at PUSH and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
To my blog readers - I know I'm behind on commenting on all your blogs, but I have been reading, and I promise to be better in the future! I'm so grateful you're even remotely interested in what I have to say. Thank you all so much!
I feel like I'm forgetting tons of important people. If I left you off, I'm sorry! I'm writing this post in math class, so my attention is somewhat fragmented :).
Who are you thankful for?