Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Mom’s Wish for Me


I was going to title this post, “Today I’m Finally an Author.” But when I posted that thought on my Facebook page, my critique partner shook a virtual finger at me and scolded, “First — you’ve ALWAYS been an author. Now, you’re just a published author.” Then I  remembered a StoryWonk post from last week, when Lani and Alastair said words to the effect that if you complete a novel, even if only one other person reads it, you are a novelist.  

I am a novelist. I sent my novel, Rule Number One, to Bookstrand Publishing and they offered to publish it. I’m accepting their offer. So now, I’m going to be a published novelist, something I’ve dreamed of since I was ten years old and began writing stories that I couldn’t keep confined to my imagination. I still can’t quiet the people in my mind, characters banging around in my head, anxious for their stories to be told.

My mother always believed in me as a writer–when I was in my early twenties, she gave me a journal for my birthday. She inscribed the first page like this:

To My Nan, because when you’re a famous author, someone will need to put together your memoirs and this will help. Love, Mom

I got that journal out tonight after I received the offer from Bookstrand. It’s full of my very young thoughts and dreams and experiences, some bad poetry, and dozens of  ideas for stories. I don’t know that I’ll ever be a famous author or that anyone will want to put together my memoirs, such as they are, but wow. Maybe this is just a tiny step toward Mom’s wish for me.

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9 Comments to

“Mom’s Wish for Me”

  1. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 1:09 am robena grant Says:

    Awesome, Nan. Really awesome. Congratulations again. And what an amazing mother to realize her daughter’s dreams, to recognize and champion them, that’s truly what being a mom is all about.

  2. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 1:23 am Julie Says:


  3. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 6:20 am Sandy James Says:

    I’m so happy for you, and I’m proud of how hard you’ve worked to make this happen! 😀

  4. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 8:37 am Karen (Betty Bear) Says:

    That’s really sweet. Go Nan’s Mom! And congratulations again.

  5. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 10:50 am Betty Fokker Says:

    I am extremely happy for you and CANNOT wait to buy your book!

  6. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 5:30 pm Carol Says:

    Wonderful news. Congratulations.

  7. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 11:20 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Carol, Fokker, Karen, Sandy, Julie, and Roben! I do hope you all want to read it when it comes out! Love your support and faith in me!

  8. Avatar November 17th, 2011 at 11:24 pm Thea Says:

    *Of course* support and faith. All together now, “we’re Betties!”

    Congratulations, Nan.

    Bask. Just — bask.

  9. Avatar November 21st, 2011 at 7:33 pm Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Ok just read this post Made me tear up. You had quite the mom>>>>