I’m in a book! This is an important moment for me because it’s my first print publication in English—and to be included in a story collection of Chicken Soup for the Soul, with an initial print run of 50,000 copies or more, is a big deal. Even though my story occupies only four of four hundred pages.
I particularly like the fact that the book’s title is Hope & Miracles because it feels like that is what most of my writing career comes down to—besides the actual work of developing a story and writing it down, obviously.
When I arrived in Seattle sixteen months ago, I hoped to get a few shorter pieces published and maybe one English book out within the first two years. To have four pieces accepted for publication (see here for my publication credits) and three book manuscripts at various stages of development is pretty much a miracle I’d say.
Those of you who know me might chuckle at the book’s subtitle: ‘101 Inspirational Stories of Faith, Answered Prayers & Divine Intervention’. I agree that doesn’t sound too much like me. But the story I have contributed to this collection, A Voice from the Past, is not only my story but also involves my late grandmother—and ‘divine intervention’ is exactly what she would have called our little family miracle. So I’m perfectly fine with that.
Though personally I am more of a believer in coincidence, I have to say it gave me the goose bumps when I saw the quote the editor had chosen for my story (all stories are preceded by a quote): It was a line from one of Winston Churchill’s three famous WWII speeches. I recognized it immediately because my father’s favorite quote, a line he used a lot in his speeches and I did once too—when I spoke at his funeral, is from the same set. How’s that for coincidence?
I very much hope that you are interested in reading my first story out in print in the U.S. too! And as Chicken Soup for the Soul has generously given me ten copies of the book, I have decided to have a little give-away. This is how it works:
If you want to win one of three copies of Hope & Miracles, just leave a comment below this blog post. For a second chance to win, please go to my Facebook author page and share the link to this blog post with your friends. I am going to draw the three winners on January 31, 2015, and let them know by email or through Facebook. Good luck!