A huge thank you to:

my parents, Steve and Candy,

for a lifetime of love and support,S

for reading great books to me when I was young,

and for still holding my hand through the

things that make me nervous;

my husband, Pancho, and my sons, Gabe, Seth, and Eli,

for sharing me so often with my imaginary friends;

my friends at Writers House,

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes, for giving me that first chance,

and my agent Jodi Reamer, for turning the most

unlikely dreams into realities;

my editor Megan Tingley, for all her help in

making Twilight better than it started out;

my brothers, Paul and Jacob, for their expert advice on all

my automotive questions; and my online family,

the talented staff and writers at,

particularly Kimberly “Shazzer,” and Collin “Mantenna”

for the encouragement, advice,

and inspiration.