I have a friend.
Actually I have a lot of friends. As one lovely person commented to me this last week, “IS THERE ANYONE YOU DON’T KNOW?!”
Why, yes. I don’t know Gandalf in person yet. Next question?
XD Anywaaaaay. Lydia Howe, aka Aidyl Ewoh, is releasing a book! While it’s not exactly down my genre, I absolutely LOVED the beginning of this story (*slaps self for not having finished it*) and guess what? I have her here today, to talk about Where Dandelions Grow.
Strange “Coincidence” – Coffee Shop Story
It was in May of 2012 that I begin writing Where Dandelions Grow. It didn’t take me long to get the first draft pounded out, and soon thereafter I had it ready to send off to my editor. But, life has a way of popping up with things I hadn’t expected, and for various reasons, I shelved the book when the editing was nearly competed – deciding to wait for a bit before finishing the project.
Five years sped by before this summer dawned and I pulled the book back out of the recesses of my computer, dusted it off, and began working on it again. I’d glanced at it once or twice during the half a decade that it’d laid dormant, although it’d been a while since I’d fallen into its pages. But this time around I was ready to push forward and present the book to the public.
Just before pulling Where Dandelions Grow off the proverbial shelf, I began looking for another part-time job. One that I applied for fell through and another one told me they’d contact me when they had an opening.
Then, as it so “happens”, I got a text from the owner of a coffee shop – the second part-time job I’d applied for – wondering if I could start working there in two days. That was at the end of August, and I’d just finished prepping Where Dandelions Grow for release. Excitedly I texted back and assured them I’d be there.
It wasn’t until several days into the job that the amazing similarity between Where Dandelions Grow and myself hit me.
Destiny, the main character in WDG works at a bookstore/coffee shop in a college town, and my new job is at a coffee shop in a college town. The fact that I wrote WDG five years before ever applying for such a job (and before I had ever even thought of working at a coffee shop), and then having the book release and new job happen within a month of each other is quite amusing to me.
Although some people would call it a coincidence, I think God worked it out perfectly.
Keep an eye out for Where Dandelions Grow!
What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you?
Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers.
Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught.
Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?