The secret behind book dedications

The Leopard Stratagem was dedicated to a close friend.
The Leopard Stratagem was dedicated to a close friend.

Book dedications. They’re special, but what is the secret behind them? Usually made out to a person dear to the author, my newest dedication, for THE LEOPARD STRATAGEM, is for a friend that means a lot to me.

His name was Hakan.

I met him at a summer resort and he was like an older brother to me. He and I had a lot in common: music, women, politics, and much more.

Over the years our friendship grew. He trusted me so much he even decided to come to the U.S.A to pursue a masters degree.

After he arrived, the problems started. He began to latch onto me, since he didn’t have many friends. This caused a lot of friction in our relationship. Later he did make friends, but the damage had already been done, he embraced his new group of friends and quit contacting me.

It was then that our friendship ended, or so I thought at the time. Years went by and we lost touch. I still thought about Hakan, he was after all a friend who’d I’d been through a lot with.

Then, in 2005, he found me. It was one of the most surprising e-mails I ever received, and one of the happiest moments in my life. In his e-mail he told me about how he had searched for me for years. He had also gotten married and had a son.

Friendships like this are very hard to come by, so I was relieved to have my friendship restored with Hakan.

What are some of the best memories you have about the people you care about? I’d like to know.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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