First Command Launch Day!

Today is the day! First Command is officially out!

As excited as I am about this, there are so many people I’d like to thank for all the help and encouragement in this project. I can’t express how grateful I am, first and foremost to my ever-supporting family. My amazing wife has been a never ending source of optimism. My children are a constant fountain of inspiration and wonder. My parents have believed in me from the beginning.

My local writing group, The Lethbridge Riverbottom Writers, have given me the confidence to move from “writer” to “published author.” Writing is such a solitary endeavor, it’s so great to have friends to share it with. Even over the pandemic, many of us have managed to keep in touch virtually. This group has helped me interact with so many other writers in Southern Alberta at so many different stages in their writing journeys, I’ve learned so much from those ahead of me.

I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) community for almost twenty years now, starting back up in Edmonton. I even took on a role as a Municipal Liaison for a few years, organizing local write-ins, and helping others turn their ideas into words.

Thank you to my professional friends and colleagues. Most of you know I write, and have always been encouraging. Not all writers are so lucky. My close personal friends have supported me even more so.

I’m grateful to my editor for helping me go through this book with a fine-toothed comb and turn it into a story that I am proud to put out into the world.

On the surface, writing is such a simple expression of art. You sit down, think of something cool, type out a bunch of words to describe it. But if you do it well, another person can experience those exact same thoughts as if that experience is real. What’s more this process can transcend time and space. Words written thousands of years ago can still be read and experienced today.

As First Command goes out into the world, I hope that it brings experiences of joy and excitement.

First Command – Amazon
First Command – Universal Book Link