First and foremost, I would like to thank my mother, who has been my toughest critic and loudest cheerleader throughout all of my literary misadventures and, in fact, my entire life. I also owe thanks to my father and brother, not only for the feedback and encouragement they gave me while I was writing this book, but also for the love, support and reality checks that I depend on every day.
Without the help of my online literary colleagues, The Atheist's Prayer would never have been written. I am forever grateful for the critiques and support given to me by my friends from Underground Book Reviews: Brian Braden, Katie French and Kimberly Shursen.
When this book was in its infancy, many early readers slogged through the rough-draft pages. I owe a huge thanks to friends and colleagues, and even a couple of strangers, who took a stab at reading my first novel and provided valuable advice.
And of course, my writing would not be what it is today if it weren’t for my Snakefoot teachers, my high-school and college English teachers, and the friends and family that I couldn’t live without.
A special shout-out goes to the talented people who helped me turn a pile of words into a piece of art. Thanks to Pela Via for her input on structure and Scott Alexander Jones for his thorough copyedit. Emma Myeesha contributed a fantastic piece of art, and Grace DuVal did an outstanding job of turning it into a book cover.
Finally, the team at Perfect Edge Books has been wonderful to work with, and I am proud to be part of such a forward-thinking and talented group of individuals.
CRITIQUE & SUPPORT: Brian Braden, Katie French, Kimberly Shursen, J. Eliott Coleman, V. Mark Covington, Dwight Biddle, Paul Sillence
EDITING: Scott Alexander Jones, Pela Via, Sally Hutcheson, David Biddle
COVER ART: Emma Myeesha
COVER DESIGN: Grace DuVal, Virginia Lloyd-Davies
PRODUCTION & MARKETING: Phil Jourdan, Maria Barry