Message From The Author

Author's Message

If I had to describe the experience of selling my first book, I would quote Dickens and say, It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

The best part was, of course, finding out Harlequin wanted to publish PRAIRIE BRIDE. I learned this at the national Romance Writers of America conference last summer and returned home on cloud nine. But cloud nine, I soon discovered, was a high place from which to fall

Two weeks after I got home, my two-year-old daughter, Laura, developed a fever. She was admitted to the hospital and her health continued to deteriorate until her kidneys shut down completely. My darling baby had Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.

My husband and I moved into her hospital room, powerless as we watched her grow weaker and weaker. All we could do was hold her hand when the nurses came to poke her with needles every six hours for blood work. We rubbed her head during kidney dialysis and blood transfusions. One of us always slept beside her, waking with her for the treatments and check-ups that continued throughout the long nights.

My husband and I thought we were losing Laura. We sat in her room in isolation, crying, and it felt like a wake. Then, thanks to a different antibiotic, her downward spiral bottomed out. The next few weeks continued to be difficult, but soon, Laura was sitting up and eating on her own.

Today, we are very grateful for her full recovery. She had to learn to walk all over again, but thanks to modern medicine and a whole lot of praying, she is now a happy, healthy little girl. My book, PRAIRIE BRIDE, is on the shelves and we can finally say that these are indeed the very best of times.

I hope youll visit my website at http://www.juliannemaclean.com or e-mail me at maclean10@sprint.ca.


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