The Stories Behind Our Books
Over twelve years ago (yes, 12 years), Dianne Johnson and I shared a gooey chocolate dessert in a little café by a railroad track in Columbia, South Carolina. We talked of books, family, and our mutual troubles with our mothers-in-law.
“We should write a book,” she said.
And so the idea for His Mother! was conceived.
We began to collect stories, soliciting from writer friends, friends of friends, and eventually an on-line request. Time passed, life moved forward, children grew up, and commitments increased, and I eventually found myself the single parent of our baby. But I will always credit Dianne with the initial idea. And she has certainly provided “child support” in the form of encouragement and love.
As for me, I couldn’t let go of the idea of the book. And so I plodded along, seeking stories wherever I had an opportunity. Many of the original contributors to His Mother! stayed with me throughout the whole gestation process. To them I owe a great deal of appreciation for their support and confidence in our book.
The publishing process is a long and arduous road at times. And over the years, His Mother! drew attention from a number of agents and editors. The book, , grew and changed over that course, but I always cradled the original idea as good and saleable. And suddenly, one day a contract offer came through. Excitement abounded. Plans took shape. Preparations for publication began. But then came to a screeching halt. The publisher closed down its operations just three months before our scheduled release date.
So, what to do?
The temptation to give up almost over-whelmed us. But when I considered the time, the energy, the commitment we had all put into this idea, I just couldn't give it up.
So with that door shut, I began searching for another way to bring this book to life and found myself fascinated with the idea of establishing my own publishing company. And so now, here we are. His Mother! first-born of Southern Sass Publishing Alliances. We believe the book provides a good read through a spectrum of perspectives on the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship. The writings range from funny, loving, and lasting, to frustrating, prickly, and regrettable. And a few are,...well....just sad.
But mostly, you will finish the book feeling good about your relationship: either because you have a good one, or you’re happy yours isn’t like some others. At the very least, we hope you will find encouragement to create a better one.
We are ALL soooo excited!
We hope you will be as well.