The other day I found myself at a local park discussing my upcoming book with a dear friend. With five kiddos between us, we had our work cut out for us trying to keep an eye on all of them as they played together AND keep our conversation going. We managed, but it didn’t give us time to notice anything else. Or rather, anyone else.
But someone noticed us.
As we followed five little girls to the playground equipment, a young girl approached. Thinking she was lost, I offered a friendly smile.
The girl, who I later learned was going into sixth grade (or maybe fifth? I think it was sixth!), smiled back and asked, “Are you a publisher?”
She had, unbeknownst to us, been nearby while we carried on our discussion. While most kids would hear the words “book” and “writing” and carry on with their own activities, this girl’s ears perked right up.
I told her I was not in fact a publisher, per se, but that I was self-publishing. Her eyes grew wide and she said, “I’m a writer! I’ve written many books! Can you tell me how to publish?”
Surprised, I didn’t know right away how to respond. So I led her over to where my purse was and searched out some paper to give her my email address and my name while listening to her talk about her obvious passion for writing. I told her a little more about what I was planning to do and then asked her for her name.
When she told me it was Josie, I’m not going to lie. My mouth may have gaped open a bit before I proceeded to gasp, “NO WAY! THAT IS THE NAME OF THE MAIN CHARACTER IN MY BOOK!”
I know Josie is becoming a more popular name, but there aren’t a ton of them out there, are there?! At any rate, the circumstances of this entirely random event had me questioning how I really feel about coincidences.
And that even reminded me of my book.
Anyway, the point of this story is that when I’m most fearful about doing this HUGE thing, I keep getting little signs like this that spur me on.
And Josie, if you ever find your way to this blog, know that it was a pleasure to meet you and I hope you NEVER give up on your dream. I was just like you not so long ago…