DAY 23 If you could meet one of your main characters or ideal reader anywhere in the world for coffee, drinks, dinner, or a caramel (tipping my hat to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting), who would it be, where would you meet them, and why?
Since this is a fantasy and a suggested choice is ‘one of your main characters’ (and since I write non-fiction) I think I’ll invite Hollis and Esther, the two deceased birth mothers whose stories appear in the last chapter of my book, Adoption More Than By Chance. I’m asking these two to coffee, because I think they’d like a chance to sip coffee.
(This is not a spoiler alert, but if you want to find out, read the book!) Hollis put a card into a box along with a cactus plant she sent her mother four years before that box returned to my office containing a present from Hollis’s dad to his grandson. I found the card, in Hollis’s handwriting: Hi Mom! Merry Xmas from Phoenix. . . .
Me, after settling down with a cup of hazelnut coffee at Paradise Bakery (where else?): Hollis, did you have anything to do with me finding the card you’d written to your mom that was in the box your dad sent to Jesse for Christmas?
Hollis, smiling: What do you think?
Me: I think you were the one who subtly guided me to open the bottom of the box.
Esther, interrupting: So, do YOU remember the question that got Wanda to meet me?
Me: You mean, “Are you a believer?”
Esther: Well, are you?
Me: I think you’ve both influenced my belief system, and I thank you!