Last spring a friend of mine, pointed me to a submission call for Chicken Soup for the Soul. She thought I may have a story that would be suitable. 2014 has been the year of being brave with my writing, and since a story idea came to mind immediately, I figured I had nothing to lose.
On the last day of our camping trip to Cape Breton, my husband and I were faced with one of those rainstorms that erases visibility and is a little scary to drive in. I was the navigator, and my husband asked me to find a place to pull over. Right then, my phone–attached to the dashboard for its GPS function–displayed an email.
“Congratulations,” it said. “Your story made it to the final selection.” I squealed.
My husband panicked. “Sorry,” I said. “I may have sold my story.”
“Can you get us to someplace safe and then squeal?” he said.
Just then, the rain let up, we continued on our way, and I read out the email to him. A month later, and I received the news that my story had indeed been selected for the Christmas in Canada edition. This is my first publishing credit, and I’m delighted that a story from my childhood made the cut.
It’s been hard to keep that secret, but I wanted a chance to send the book to my parents as a surprise. Last week, the books came in and I mailed them out to a few key people. Mom wrote to say she got it, and loved the surprise so now, I can share it here.
Chicken Soup for the Soul–Christmas in Canada will be available on October 14th, 2014 both in retail and online stores. Next month, I’m attending a launch party in Toronto, where many of the contributors will be participating in a group book-signing.
Celebrate with me–leave a comment to this blog post. We’ll put the names in a hat and draw two winners on November 1st.
The prize will be a copy of the signed book mailed to you right after the launch party.