As of today, A Home for Wizards is now available in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, The United Kingdom and Australia. I am filled with excitement, joy and an immense sense of gratitude to everyone who has helped get this project to where it is. Below, I would like to share the word for word acknowledgments from the book, as I think they sum up my feelings the best. The short version is this: If you are reading this post, I could not have done this without you.
This book is dedicated to my Mother, without whom I would not have had a home to grow up in and become the man I am today.
Wow, what a crazy year this has been. In January of 2015, I started working on A Home for Wizards and quickly realized that this would be the biggest thing I’d ever written. There were more characters than I’d ever dealt with before and a story which had so many threads, I wasn’t sure I’d ever pull it off. Yet here we are and all I know is that there are a few people that I simply could not have done it without. First of all, I need to give a huge thank you to Amy Chang, assistant editor on A Love Story for Witches and Senior Editor on this book. Her notes and feedback were pivotal in making this book what it is today, and when I think of the long hours she put in during the months leading up to this book’s release, I can’t even begin to
imagine a suitable way to thank her. She breathed life into parts of this story that I once thought unsalvageable and I am thankful to not only have an editor with so much passion, time and patience, but also to have a friend who was willing to help make this dream a reality. I also want to thank Carina Jollie, who constantly provides the non-critical side of the spectrum, giving me the love, support and encouragement I often need when all I want to do is cry in a corner. Carina, your friendship has meant more to me in the past few years than you will ever know and I hope that it continues for many more to come. My partner, Carl Li, also provided Senior Editor support, but my thanks to him runs far deeper. Carl is the one who picks me up off the ground when I am at my worst and raises me up higher when I think I can’t possibly be any happier. It’s no secret that I base a lot of my writing on our relationship, and while Adam and Eva sure have some rough times in this book, I hope you know that I base only the best parts of them on us. For being my light, my love, and my future husband (He said YES!!!) I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My mother is one of the hardest working people I know. As I get older, I realize just how hard she worked to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table as I was growing up. Being a single mother isn’t easy, especially with a son like me, but you made it work and you
did it with grace, constantly making it look easy. If not for you, Mom, I wouldn’t know what a loving home is and I will always be thankful for that. This year was a tough one for my family, but what I always appreciate about my mother is that she knows how to feel the bad with the good and she never ever stops trying to find ways to make those around her smile. Her bed time stories are a big part of why I am a story teller today and I couldn’t be more thankful to have a mom who gave everything like she did. My Grandmother made my day when she read A Love Story for Witches and told me over the phone that Adam and Eva just needed to “shut up and get together.” How many Grandmas will give you that kind of feedback? For always making me smile and for the gift of my sense of humor, because let’s face it, I got that from you, I thank you. I love you, even if I’m not so great at calling as often as I should. John Fung is someone who joined the production of A Love Story for Witches so late that I literally couldn’t add him to the acknowledgments. Since he helped out on this one too, his time has finally come. It may seem a small task, but all the words on the cover and back of the book are thanks to him. What’s more important is that he has come to be a friend who is always there when I need a helping hand and someone who is ready to help with cover design, or even if I just need a drinking
buddy. John, our friendship has been a crazy story that maybe someday I will write about. But for now, I want to thank you for all of your support and for showing me the best ramen restaurants in town. While we’re on the subject of covers, my cousin Dexter Allagahrei did a fantastic job with the cover of this book. Dexter is one of the bravest people I know, with a unique spirit and a gift for fantastic artwork. Thank you for making this cover absolutely phenomenal and for putting up with my bad descriptions of the things I wanted on it. When all else fails, I’ll always draw stick figures for you! I’d also like to thank everyone I work with at Kiehl’s for putting up with me and my crazy extreme’s of exhaustion while working on this book. Randy, Nick, Tyler, Dana and Saudia, (Also known as the co-workers who demanded to be in the book) your constant support and working with me to have a schedule which allows for such things as writing books means more to me than you know and makes this dream a reality. Thank you. This past year, I began really focusing on my blog and writing on a daily basis about things other than just the book you see here. The result of this has been absolutely amazing, allowing me to meet and get to know a handful of incredible human beings. To everyone who frequently stops by the blog, comments, likes and supports, I have to say thank you because you have all made
this year an absolutely wonderful one and I can’t wait to get to know even more of you! Finally, I need to thank everyone else. To anyone who read A Love Story for Witches, stopped by a signing, or sent me an email about the book, thank you so so so so much. Every time someone reached out and said that they enjoyed the book, or saw themselves in the characters, it was like fuel to keep going. Writing is something I truly believe anyone can do. The act of telling stories that others connect with is something I find myself fortunate for every single day. Thank you to everyone who has given their time to this piece, whether it was in the production of it or simply in reading it. Without you guys, I’m just some crazy guy talking about witches, wizards and flying pugs. You give this little passion of mine a life and I will spend the rest of my life looking for the best way to say thank you.