Have you ever had a moment, even if it was a split second when someone noticed you for the unique person you are or complemented you on a job well done? Do you remember what that feels like in your heart?
One of the most rewarding moments of my career was at a book signing in Oklahoma. This young lady had read my first Regency novel, Treasured Love and she brought me her copy to sign. She had driven sixty miles just to meet me and get a few moments with ‘the best author’ she’d ever read. I was totally at a loss as to what to do about this lady. She was so sweet but acted like I was some sort of celebrity. It was crazy.
She stayed for the entire book signing and I kept wondering what I was supposed to do when it was time to pack up and leave. I shouldn’t have wondered. She helped me gather all of my stuff and packed it into the little case for me. Then she went and found the book manager and told her that a famous author should never be kept waiting.
I have to say I was a bit afraid she was going to turn into a stalker. She offered to buy me a coffee or something if she could just ‘borrow’ me for a little while. As there was a coffee shop in the book store and I had to wait for them to get the book sales tallied I agreed to visit with her.
Her name was Judy and she couldn’t believe the good fortune of getting time with an author. I was really beginning to wonder who she had mixed me up with when she opened her purse and brought out a tattered notebook. She slid it across the table at me and asked me to take a couple of seconds to read the first few sentences. She literally bit her nails while I read the beginning paragraph.
Poor Judy, I felt so bad for her, the anxiety was written so plain on her hopeful face I didn’t have the heart to tell her she needed some serious help if she wanted to be a writer. I smiled and pushed the notebook back to her. I told her what I saw as the truth. Her story had potential but I wasn’t qualified to help her get it published because it wasn’t in my genre. I recommended she take a creative writing course at her local college to find out who could help her get in touch with the proper person.
I have heard from her off and on throughout the years. She opted to make her story into a poem and she is still writing today. I thank God every day that I had the good sense to encourage her instead of telling her to keep her day job.
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