I crossed something huge off my bucket list last week! I got to meet author Jan Karon! I’ve read all but three of her books and have admired her so much over the years. Friday night, she came to Wichita! What a gracious and beautiful woman! She shared Jesus Christ boldly to an audience that was quite diverse. She was witty and charming and oh-my-goodness-is-she-ever-GORGEOUS! Even face-to-face. And she’s 77! (I’d be thrilled to look like her at 59!)
I went with my sister Vicky, and friend Juli, and we just had a blast! There were probably 300 people at this event, but Ms. Karon took time with each one as if they were the only one, chatting and posing for photos.
I had brought a signed copy of my new book, hoping I’d have a chance to give it to her. Trying to be discreet, I asked quietly if I could give her a copy of my novel. She took it, admired the cover, commented that Abingdon was a fine publisher. Then she held the book up and said, “Well, let’s promote this book!” Yes, let’s DO! I thought, flying higher than a kite! Apparently, THIS is what I look like when flying higher than a kite:
When my sister and I got in the car afterward, Vicky had a copy of the Cokesbury book catalog (her husband is a United Methodist pastor, and Vicky is also my co-author on two non-fiction books of children’s sermons, also published with Abingdon Press).
I leafed through the catalog, and when I came to this page spread, Vicky and I both gave a little gasp! To find this fun juxtaposition of books was the capper to an incredible evening to remember! I’m so glad I got to share it with my sister, too!
• Today is also an anniversary of sorts. Not one to celebrate, certainly. Twenty years ago today, September 8, 1994, I walked into our local grocery store around 9 p.m. to return a video and pick up a few groceries. Before I would leave the store that evening, I’d be witness to a brutal murder. (You can read one account of the story by scrolling midway down HERE.) Strangely enough, this tragic event happened the day before I received a phone call offering my first book contract. It was a week of highs and lows, for sure, and an odd, but memorable way to start my writing career!
Do you have a bucket list? What is one thing you’ve fulfilled from that list, and the one thing on your list that you hope to check off first?