WHERE’S HEIDI? ONE SISTER’S JOURNEY invites the reader to join me on a journey no one ever expects to take–
a journey through abduction and the loss of hope, family, and faith. It is tentatively scheduled to be released in APRIL 2013!!!
With a soft and comforting tone, I speak to the sibling left to deal with the stress and grief experienced when their brother or sister is tragically taken from their lives.
Through my experience, you will recognize similar emotions with new or renewing perspective; you aren’t alone, someone else understands, and there is hope to get through with joy.
Who is the publisher?
You are looking at her! After much prayer, research, family discussion, and a lot more prayer…Lisa M. Buske and the publishing arm of Amazon, CreateSpace.
Of course I am not doing this alone. I have many wonderful people joining me in this journey. The Lord has blessed me with an array of talented family and friends. As I prayed to self-publish or continue to search and wait for just the right publisher, God answered as he opened doors with people on the other side to help. I think an aspect of this decision is the waiting.
Some have waited five and ten years before obtaining their first contract with another year or two before the book comes out. We have waited over eighteen years to find Heidi so if God chooses to bless us with open doors and opportunity to self-publish…then the wait is over and the next part of the journey has began.
Since my book was first written in 2006, the title has changed a few times. The very first one was, “Kidnapped: A Sister Remembers” or something like that. Then as my relationship with Jesus grew and my writing improved, I would modify the title.
Up until this past July the title was “Where’s Heidi? The Search Begins” It was suppose to be a play on words – we are still searching for Heidi, I searched for something to fill the void left from her kidnapping, others search for something or someone to fill their void, and to search means we are not satisfied where we are. Of course this is a lot of “search” related ideas tied into one title but it was the search that lead me to Jesus.
Then last month my very wise and wonderful father said, “I think your title needs to be more personal so people know this is your story. Every sister’s story would be different but this is your story. No right or wrong, but yours.” Then he flipped the pancakes on the griddle and returned to garden conversation yet his words tugged at my heart.
I was not set on my title nor did I feel it was God’s title for the book but I could come up with nothing better so it remained. Dad’s words jingled in my head throughout the day and into my sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night with the title you know, Where’s Heidi? One Sister’s Journey.
The editor is working her magic on the manuscript as you read this blog. I thought to submit to an agent or publisher made me nervous, ugh, it is nothing compared to waiting to hear from the editor. I have an array of questions in my brain: Will she like it? Will it come back with so many notes that my head spins around twice? Will it need a complete overhaul? Have I made a mistake? Will I need to try those energy drinks in order to stay up at night after working all day just to make the publishing deadline for an April release? Am I doing the right thing?
See what I mean? I’m blessed with family, friends, and a God who will not let fear take a foothold in the progress of this book. I know it is going to come back in need of changes and corrections, this is why we are investing time and money with a good editor. I know it might need some reorganization because eighteen years are jumbled in my brain when it comes to Heidi’s disappearance. I pray I don’t need energy drinks though, they scare me. LOL Time will tell and I am excited and looking forward to moving one way with God as the director. He continues to open doors for this story and me.
As we, my family and I, move forward with the multitude of details that are required for an April release date we want to make sure you are included with any new developments, changes, upcoming events, and news of the exact release date.
Where’s Heidi? One Sister’s Journey is written by a sister for other siblings grieving the loss of their brother or sister. If you have lost your sibling, your journey will have similarities to mine yet because we are both individuals, our stories are different.
The journey without Heidi started on April 3, 1994. The journey to write this book started in September 2006. Six years later, there is only one way to go. FORWARD!