Even though writing is a solitary pursuit, writing a novel does not happen in a vacuum. When I first began this journey of twenty plus years, I enjoyed the alone time in, but as it began to take shape I knew I needed to share the book with others. I went to several writers workshops and got feedback from other writers. Their help was invaluable and gave me the confidence to continue through several drafts. Now as I get ready to publish my novel, I am very grateful to all those people who have given me their time and believed in The Fulton Parks Scholarship Fund.