Guys, the best thing happened to me yesterday! I am giddy as can be about it. Honestly it made me week, my month, or maybe even my year. But first, before I get to that I wanted to check in with everyone to see how you’re liking The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I don’t typically read this genre but I must say I am loving it. It’s creepy in all the right ways, and suspenseful— I think there must be a big plot twist coming and I can’t wait to read what it is. If you aren’t reading this one along with me, please pick up a copy and we can finish it together. I plan to review it next week. I can’t wait to discuss this one!
Ok, back to my news!! So, remember when I reviewed Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel? If you didn’t catch that one, you can find my review here. Anyway, I loved it. I gave the book a great review, and was so inspired by what I learned that I googled the author, Judith Grisel, and stalked her out to see if I could find a way to contact her directly. I was very pleased that I was able to find her email address through Bucknell University where she is a Professor of Psychology. I sent her an email thanking her for writing the book, explaining why it meant so much to me, and elaborated on why it hit so close to home for me with the passing of my father. I also told her about the book I’m currently working on. Well, I figured that my email would go into some bottomless pile of emails from fans and that I would never hear back from her. I didn’t write it to necessarily hear back. I just imagined what it would feel like to receive feedback from someone if I had a published book out in the world, and from someone who was really impacted by it. I imagine that would feel validating– that is what prompted me to actually go through with sending it. Now, guys, Judith Grisel is extremely famous. She has speaking engagements all over the world, and is a bestselling author. I can’t even begin to imagine how busy this woman is! So, much to my surprise and delight— I received an email from her yesterday!! An email! From Judith Grisel herself! I was so excited, I think I screamed, and I definitely had a smile plastered across my face for the rest of the day. She thanked me for reaching out and expressed condolences for the loss of my father. Her response and the fact that she took time out of her busy life and day to respond to me warmed my heart. It also made me think that if I can get a response from a famous neuroscientist bestselling author then what other dreams are within my reach?! Go for your dreams, guys!!