I love listening to/reading about author history. Many of them knew from a young age they wanted to write stories for a living. I’ve heard a few say they have notebooks filled with old writings they’ve kept through the years.
I wrote stories in school because they were part of an assignment. I enjoyed the work, but never considered it a career choice (too busy dreaming of being a vet for the wild horses in Montana). Though there was that one time I wrote a play for me, my sister, and her best friend to act out one summer with our parents as the audience.
But…writing? For a career?
Never saw that coming.
I look back now and see the pattern, and it all makes sense. God took His time leading me to this point. No doubt He knew I’d balk at the idea of being an author. I LOVE reading. You would think that I’d have a natural inclination to travel the author road. Nope.
I balked harder than a Missouri mule having a bad day.
When a story idea hit in the middle of the night, I ignored it until it started keeping me awake. All. Night. Long. That’s when I grabbed a notebook and started scribbling, thinking, “If I can get it out of my head, it’ll go away, and everything will go back to normal.” And I can get back to sleep (I really like sleep).
Three years and several notebooks later, I broke down and started typing, still without a clue as to where this rabbit hole might end.
All I knew was, I had to get the stories out of my head. These characters became real to me. They still do. Each book is a discovery of new friends and sometimes a return of old friends.
It’s the best job I never knew I wanted. I was asked earlier this week if I enjoyed writing. The answer was an emphatic, “Yes!”
God knew what He was doing when He took me down the long road of becoming an author. He knows me. My thoughts and fears. My strengths and weaknesses. And He led me in such a way that I took on this role almost without realizing it. Almost.
My path to publication has been long and treacherous (and I’m still traveling), but that’s a story for another time.
Is there a time when God has taken you on an unexpected journey?