Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful Author 2018- Christine Grabowski

Thankful Things

I am thankful for so many things this past year, especially the people in my life, my continued good health, and the fact I am finally a published author. 

I want to do a special shout out to a few people in my life: 

~ My husband has been so supportive through the years. He works a stressful job, so I can stay home with the kids and focus on my writing. 

~ My daughter is growing up to be such a kind and empathetic young person. I’m also grateful that she is blossoming in her first year of high school. 

~ My son is so sensitive and loving. He always makes me smile. And just as importantly, he is the one person that can consistently get BOTH our dogs tails wagging. (Ruby’s tail doesn’t wag for many people.) 

~ My parents are always there for me and have been the biggest cheerleaders of my writing career. I’m especially grateful my dad is recovering from a fall off a ladder last month. 

~ My sister is the one I can tell most anything. She’s usually the first one I call with any news (good or bad). 

~ All my friends who continue to support me this year by attending my events, buying my book, writing reviews or simply being there to keep my spirits up through the ups and downs in my life. 

~ Max and Ruby, our wheaten terriers, have filled the void left by Rylie who died last fall. 

And finally…. 

~ My editor who fell in love with my vision for Dickensen Academy and made the editing process as painless as possible. She allowed me to achieve my dream of becoming a published author this year. 


A young adult, contemporary fantasy novel 

This secluded high school may be her dream come true…or her worst nightmare. 

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there. 

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs. 

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self? 

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About the Author 

Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading. 

When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers. 





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  1. Christine, wonderful post! Good luck with the book.

  2. Beautiful list, Christine! All the best!

  3. Beautiful! Best of luck with your writing career!

  4. You are a lucky much to be thankful for. All the best.

  5. So very much for which to be grateful! Congratulations!

  6. You are very lucky to have such a tight knit family and circle of close friends. Very blessed indeed.