I seem to have acquired some Readers since this post. (How gratifying.) What's more, even some colleagues and Favourite Customers (I'm sorry, but I have favourites, okay?) have stared at me blankly when I have said, "My book has a cover!" Then I have to say, "Oh. Did you not know I was having a book published?" I guess I thought everybody knew, partly because the ones who do know have been asking for about a year, "So, what's the latest with your book?"
Anyway, for those of you who haven't been asking that because you didn't know you could, here's a recap:
I have written a children's novel about an 8-year-old refugee girl and her family who flee prejudice in Kosovo, only to arrive in London and discover that prejudice is alive and well there, too--outside them, but also within them. It is fiction, but I couldn't have written it had I not lived and worked among refugees (quite a few of them Kosovar) in London myself in the 90's.
Christian Focus Publications (in Scotland) has kindly taken it upon themselves to make this story available to the world, so stay tuned. It will be available in the UK (and on-line from them) in May, and everywhere else in June. It's been kind of a long wait, and so I've been kind of blase about it up to this point, but now that it actually looks like something, it seems for real.
There is probably some deep philosophical point and analogy that can be drawn from that, but we'll just leave it there for now.