As I was wasting time on Twitter last night and reading some posts from various authors, I got to thinking about how being a parent, first off, is a full time job. Being a successful published author and a parent- that's pretty amazing. But being a successful published author, a parent, and a single one at that? I think that says a tremendous amount for a person. Now take that person and make them a parent of 4? It's a little mind blowing. So first off, to all the parents who happen to be authors, props to you. To the single parent authors that I don't know of off the top of my mind, I applaud you. The one out of this mix I am going to spotlight? Michelle Zink.
Michelle is the brilliant author behind The Prophecy of the Sisters and the upcoming Guardian of the Gate. This was not a simple series- between the plot, the concept, and the time period, it is clear a lot of work went into this book yet Michelle did it, all while taking care of her 4 kids. She doesn't stop there, however. Michelle still reads her fellow author's books, does what she can to promote them, and even scours the blogs for mentions of her own books. She's committed to her writing career and she's committed to her kids and that is fantastic and deserves some appreciation and attention. I hope you all will join me in recognizing what a feat this is, both for Michelle and the other authors who have kids. And if their kids are anything like I was growing up, they are all that much more amazing.
You can find Michelle on her website, Twitter, and sometimes even on your own blog in her lurking. And yes, she's even been known to leave comments.