This book project was something I had never dreamed of back when I started blogging 4.5 years ago. 4.5 years ago I did not know that I enjoyed writing; I did not realize that I really had anything to write about. I embarked on this blogging journey in an effort to locate my original family. The process of searching soon became symbolic of finding myself. The process of unsealing my records soon became symbolic of unfolding myself as a person who was adopted as a child. Writing moved me from connecting to my family, to connecting to myself, to connecting to the larger community. The time you have spent reading my words has given my words meaning. Reading your thoughts has been invaluable.
Having my words published in a book is a privilege and I do not take it lightly that my voice is able to be heard in this way when so many others are equally deserving–and more so.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to the blog readers who have encouraged me all of these years. I thank my families by birth, marriage, and adoption for their support. I thank my friends for their openness and willingness to hear my voice on adoption–a topic they are not readily familiar with. I thank all those who have given me the opportunity to use my voice; who have believed in me.
I also extend my deepest appreciation to the individuals who helped this book become a reality: Kevin Vollmers from Land of Gazillion Adoptees, Adam Chau from CQT Media and Publishing, Carlynne Hershberger from Hersberger & Huff Studios, Julie Stromberg from Life, Adopted, and to the foreword author, JaeRan Kim.
I hope to see you at the Re-Framing the Adoption Discourse conference held by the APRC on November 16, 2013 in St. Paul, MN (register & hotel here) where I will be selling and signing my book along with the Lost Daughters anthology (several fellow Lost Daughters will be there to sign the anthology too!). The Lost Daughters anthology will be published in November. I will also be speaking on the policy panel for the conference. Keep an eye out for the second anthology I’ve co-edited, Perpetual Child: Dismantling the Stereotype coming out this winter.