Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. For me, it’s my family, my health, and my friends. It’s also my writing. I am incredibly grateful to be an author. Writing gives me a feeling of accomplishment– not only the accomplishment of holding a finished book in my hands, but the joy of working out a plot point, creating a new character, or finishing a chapter. Writing provides an escape from the stress of teaching. When one of my 9th graders throws an empty bag of Doritos on the floor, or calls me that B word that rhymes with bitch, I say to myself, “this is just your day job. You are really an author.” I escape to new and ideal places while I write. I love setting a book during the cold New York winter when I’m coping with the nearly year round Florida heat! Lastly, I’m thankful for the incredible people I’ve met through my writing, especially my online author friends. It’s reassuring to know there are still good hearted people in this world–people who share ideas, lend opinions, and support you by reading and sharing your books. Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!