It doesn't seem real at times, at least not to me. In two weeks from today, Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey releases to the public. The first draft vomited onto paper in 2006, six and a half years ago. In 2010, the Holy Spirit went to work on my heart and mind to transform the vomit into a book of hope for others hurting and grieving the loss of a loved one, especially their sibling.
I told my Mom in Kindergarten, "I want to be a professional writer, whatever they are called." She smiled and encouraged me to reach for the moon. Dad, the realist in the bunch said, "Lisa, I'm sure you will but get your education and have a day job. Writing doesn't pay the bills." Both encouraged me from age five to do and be whatever I dreamt. Yet in 1994 when my only sister was kidnapped, I don't believe any of us thought this tragedy would be the story to birth my writing career.
There isn't a day I don't miss or think about my sister yet thanks to my faith and relationship with Jesus, there is hope renewed every day! Even in weeks like we've had this month. Yesterday after returning home from a wonderful friend's funeral and celebration of life afterwards God blessed me with good news.
The copies of When the Waves Subside: There is Hope at the River's End Bookstore sold out and they requested more copies, double the amount from the first drop. As if this wasn't a blessing enough, when we dropped them off last night, three people had been in to purchase a copy since the store emailed me for more copies.
Such blessings. We thought this was very cool but then God put a cherry on top of this good news. Mags and I walked through the doors to see posters for Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey greeting us, with rack cards there too for customers to take home with them. Once at the register to pass the books to them, there was a fluorescent pink paper with "Meet the Author" on it. It was me!!
April 3, 2013 at 6 p.m. is the kick-off book release and signing party at the River's End Bookstore on the corner of West First Street and Route 104 in Oswego, New York.
Heidi will be missing nineteen years on April 3, 2013 - what better way to celebrate her life than sharing hope with all of you! See you then.
Will you be able to join us on April 3rd at 6 p.m.? I hope so!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323