It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and here at the Alley, we're celebrating early! Some of us will be doing thanks-themed posts the next couple weeks, and I hope you'll join with us in being intentional about thankfulness.
I know it may seem like the obvious thing to say, but I get the first thanksgiving-related post, so I'm going to say it anyway! I can't put into words how much I appreciate each of my fellow Alley Cats, each of you reader friends, and in particular, my critique partner Angie Dicken, who was a literal answer to prayer and has become one of my dearest friends.
I still remember the day Angie first told me they wanted me to be an Alley Cat. I literally jumped and screamed. I thought they were the coolest group of women in the world.
Turns out, I was right.
In the years since I said, "ARE YOU KIDDING! OF COURSE I'll BE AN ALLEY CAT!" I have come to appreciate all this blog means, both in the relationships I've built with these women as well as the relationships I've discovered with all of you. Thank you, truly-- thank you, for letting us be part of your journey.
And thank you, Angie, Pepper, Amy, Julia, Mary, Karen, Krista, Casey, Laurie, and Cara.
I can't imagine this writing journey without you all. I don't know who would've picked me up in all those moments of discouragement, who would've listened to my late-night rambling at ACFW, who would've brainstormed with me, and who would've reminded me of God's purpose in these stories.
But I do know this. I wouldn't be the writer I am today if it weren't for you all.
Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She's dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses at her local university. She's an active member of ACFW and runs their newcomer's loop. When she's not writing, Ashley's usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns. You can find Ashley on her personal blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She is represented by Karen Solem.