I used to think It Takes a Village was a really dumb name for a book. That was before I got serious about writing and publishing a novel.
These are the names of some (far from all) of the people who helped me write and publish Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate.
Psychiatrists who explained the complexities of Bipolar Disorder:
David Whitehouse, M.D., Dr. Neil R. Liebowitz of the Connecticut Anxiety and Depression Treatment Center; Steven Sturges, M.D., and Dr. Jay Lasser of the Center for Work Stress Reduction.
Friends and early readers: the late, great Judy Shaw, Merry Henry, Jamie Callan, Kathy Felch, Jane Rabe, Chris Brownfield and her book group, Elizabeth Mekjavich and Mark Mekjavich.
Artists: Kristy Condon and Matthew J. Wagner
Publishing Professionals: Mitchell Bragg, Attorney at Ascentage Law, Boston; Sharon Bially and Hallie Sawyer of BookSavvy PR
Long-suffering technical helpers: Ben Popik (my son), Steve Hennessey, Angela Cammack
Most reliable comforters: Sara Rankin (daughter), Nathaniel Popik (son)
Moral and material support as well as unconditional faith in my abilities: William C. Popik, M.D. (husband)
Desktop companions: Sancho Panza Popik (Maine Coon) and Lily Popik (Birman)