Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Acknowledgments: Spotlight on Dia Calhoun

Am I the only one who loves to read an author's acknowledgments--our version of credits, homage to everyone who touched our book? (Personally, I prefer to read the acknowledgments at the end of the book since it feels like a grace note--the thank you after sharing the work with the reader. I simply don't get acknowledging people at the front of the book.)

I always wonder about the people who are included in that thank you--what made them so special to be immortalized in a book? Who are these people? Perhaps it's the writer in me. But I want their story, too.

So I thought I would share the inside scoop on some of the amazing people who helped shape NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. First up is Dia Calhoun--Dia, my Dia--an award-winning author, co-founder of
readergirlz, and one of my peeps!

What many of her readers don't realize is that Dia is also a brilliant artist, a lettering artist who created the Alaska Airlines logo. For my homecoming from China, she created a piece of art for my entry, words taken from my latest novel: Feed Hope.

How can hope not be fed with that glorious piece of art in my home?

And now Dia has launched a new website for her lettering business. Tell me, can't you just see this on a book or video game?


Dia Calhoun said...

Thank you, Justina, for your amazing support and for making me part of North of Beautiful, a novel of true beauty.

tanita s. davis said...

I'm beginning to wonder if there's anything she can't do!!!

BookChic said...

That was a great story!

And I love to read Acknowledgments, even more so now that I've found myself mentioned in one, lol.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

YAY for Dia! We LURVE her! And the lettering is gorgeous above your door!

Jackie said...

It's just so gorgeous. The Swan Lake one she gave Lorie Ann just took my breath away. I wish I had something I could hire her for!

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