I am a child of the 80′s.
Yes, that makes me middle-aged, and I’m totally cool with that. I grew up on great music, watched Saturday morning cartoons (you always knew they were over when Soul Train started), played outside until dark, and saw the dawning of the personal electronic age.
That last part? That’s the part I want to talk about today. You see, I was one of those REALLY fortunate kids who had computers introduced to them at a young age. I was working in the Computer Lab in kindergarten. I went to a magnet school that valued its music program (also started playing the violin in first grade) and understood the importance computers and technology would play in our futures.
So, as I said, I grew up on computers. What, you ask, was the first computer I ever worked on? That would be an Apple. I remember so vividly the reboot keys (Closed Apple, Open Apple, Delete). I loved every second of my time working on these computers. We learned basic operations, how to create pictures with the Print ? command, and also the beginnings of how to type. It was an exciting and invaluable time in my life.
Now, I know that since those early years, personal and business relationships changed between Steve Jobs and his partners, so maybe the credit for the machines I was working on doesn’t go solely to Steve. That’s okay. Because he didn’t let his genius be squelched by that experience. He came back and built and empire that has no comparison.
This is why I am so ridiculously excited and honored to have my books be a part of the Apple iBooks family. Apple was my first exposure to computers and technology. I remember my father’s mantra of the 80′s: “Computers. That’s where it’s at.”
Since Apple so graciously chose to add The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1) to their First in a Series promotion, I have been blessed to have my books introduced to a whole new set of readers: iBooks readers. I want to thank Apple for adding me to your prestigious family and for allowing your readers the chance to meet and fall in love with Will and Layla. They are finding quite a home with iBooks and I think they are more than comfortable there!
So you see, this experience is a little full-circle for me. Apple came to me at an early age and introduced me to technology that would grow over time as I did. It has become smarter and even more sophisticated, yet uncomplicated without being condescending. And now that I am on this adventurous career path as an author, Apple has opened their arms wide again. I feel like that little girl again, learning and exploring everything Apple has to offer. I still have so much to learn, but couldn’t be happier to have Apple at my side once again, walking with me every step of the way!