Dedicated to… Whom? by Natalie Anderson
For me one of the hardest parts of writing comes after the book is finished. Ironically it’s only a couple of sentences I need—should be a cinch, right?
But the dedication, for me anyway, takes a lot of time and thought to get just right. I always like to reference something or someone that was personally relevant to me during the time I wrote the story.
When I was writing First Time Lucky?, my world had gotten a little chaotic—we’d gone through some massive earthquakes and were experiencing literally thousands of aftershocks. We had illness issues within the family, and we were about to move house. Frankly, it was full on—and there was a lot of ‘hard’ stuff to deal with every day for so many people. The city had literally broken apart.
It’s at times like these that you need hope and something to life the spirits – frankly, you need to read some romance!!! So I lost myself with my characters—plucky Roxie and the utterly gorgeous Gabe (honestly, that guy—he’s really, really good at helping Roxie out with a certain ‘to do’ item on her list!)…
And then we had the privilege of seeing something so special—the way people come together in a crisis—strangers helping strangers, communities pulling together. And nothing showed that more than the students of the university in our town. They got together—via Facebook—and formed a voluntary army to go to the most affected parts of the city and shovel up all the silt and sand and mess that bubbled out of the ground relentlessly with each major quake. It was dirty, hard work and those young people were at it day after day after day.
I sat in front of the telly watching the news at night and it was seeing those beautiful people of our future that brought the tears to my eyes. They were awesome. So I acknowledged them in one of the small ways I could. Here’s the dedication from First Time Lucky?
For the University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army—thanks for showing, in the most fantastic way, that the brightest lights on Christchurch’s horizon not only have brains and beauty, but also the most tremendous hearts. You’ve been such heroes, and you’ve proved how positive our city’s future will be.
For me, it’s a very special part of being published to be able to write dedications— I hope that those people to whom I dedicate my books do know how much I mean it.
Do you take note of the dedication in a book? I always do—and I love it how you can get all kinds, from quotations, to cryptic nicknames and messages of love.
If you’d written a book, to whom would you dedicate it? I would absolutely love it if you’d share a dedication that you would write—leave it in the comments below. I’m giving away a copy of First Time Lucky? to someone who does.
With very best wishes,
Note from Amy: Natalie will be closing the giveaway Monday, so leave your comment this weekend if you”d like a chance to win. The contest is also open internationally — thanks Natalie!
UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Please check the comments for the contest winner!