When Cynthia Hogan Dent had an idea for a novel, she thought her idea would end up just like everybody else's - nowhere.
But she even proved herself wrong.
Mrs. Dent, a Thomson native, will see her first book published later this month. "Yesterday's Rain' is a mystery novel from Publish America that will find its way to bookstores on Dec. 22.
"It's a wonderful overwhelming feeling,' Mrs. Dent said. "It almost doesn't feel like it's real.'
Mrs. Dent has always loved reading and writing. She grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Now her favorite author is mystery and suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark. She has always wanted to write books of her own, but thought that she would never be able to publish anything.
"It was like one of those secret dreams when I was growing up,' Mrs. Dent said. "I had all these characters in my head and thought, 'that would be so cool to be able to write a novel and do something that you actually have a passion for doing and make it work."
She didn't begin work on the novel until 2001. Then the writing process for "Yesterday's Rain' took nearly a year. During that time Mrs. Dent continued her daily life while writing during her spare time. She still works at a staffing agency, and she has two children.
Mrs. Dent said that she didn't go through the process alone. She gives all the credit for the entire process to God, from writing to publication.
"I have to give all the credit to the Lord because his timing is awesome,' she said. "He just compelled me to put it down.'
Once the writing was complete, Mrs. Dent went about getting her work copyrighted. She then tried to find a publisher; most of which she found wouldn't take work from someone who hadn't been published before.
Publish America offered Mrs. Dent a contract in May of 2003. She expected that the book would not be released for another year.
But her copies of the book arrived on Thanksgiving weekend, and a phone call from a friend surprised her. The book was already available for pre-order on the Publish America website.
"I was floored,' she said. "It was a wonderful Thanksgiving surprise.'