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Looking Toward the Horizon

Hello all!


I hope everyone is doing well. I can't believe it's almost June already. I could've sworn it was just January yesterday!


This year has been both difficult and beautiful. In February, my grandpa passed away. It led to a mental breakdown and severe panic attacks.


I miss you, Poppy. Here we are many years ago when I was just a child:





I've written a lot of poetry about him to cope with my grief. I hope to release several poetry collections soon with my agent's help. Here's just one of many:




My grandpa's burial is next month, on June 22nd, his birthday. It'll be a hard day.


But fortunately, my panic attacks improved on Prozac. My grandpa's death encouraged me to finally seek help for my anxiety and depression. I've been able to travel farther than ever before -- and I haven't had a panic attack in months! That's a huge win.


I also met someone incredible - my boyfriend at the end of March. And his family is just as lovely and welcoming. His grandpa reminds me of mine so much.


I also got a book deal at the end of April! My young adult mystery series, Jessica Prince, is finally going to be published by Roan and Weatherford in August 2024. I'm so excited! Currently working on many more books in the series. I'm aiming for 25 books in total! Here's the official Publishers Marketplace announcement:




So what I'm trying to say is, I hope you know there's always a possibility for change, no matter how dire things seem. I'm living proof of that.


I hope you keep looking toward the horizon for better things like I am. Best wishes to you!




Love,


Dana




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