Thank you to the impressive team at Peachpit, and thanks especially to Valerie Witte, a fine writer and editor who supported the idea of this book, and to Scout Festa, aka Eagle Eye.
Thank you to my first writing group: Janice Steinberg, Jack Cassidy, and Rennie Mahoney. To writers: Maggie Logan, Linda Ball, Marcia Berneger, Cindy Jensen-Elliot, Lucy Eskeland, Jane Patton, Debra Schmidt, Cindy Schuricht, and Suzan Sachdeva.
To students who tested many of the writing challenges, with magical results. To Dean Marketa Hancova for sharing writing ideas and inspiration.
To Yashwin, who collaborated on this project with me.