It takes a village…

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)



About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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