Okay, this is going to sound totally crazy when you start reading it, but wait until you get to the end.
When I was 12, I got my braces off. Then my teeth started getting crooked again. My orthodontist said I was a TONGUE THRUSTER. How weird! Rather than keeping my tongue against the roof of my mouth where it belonged, I rested it against the back of my teeth. So, I had to go to TONGUE THERAPY every week almost an hour away.
I told my mother the whole thing was strange. Who goes to tongue therapy!! Pretty soon we found out my tongue therapist was also a writer. Mom joined her writing group. Cec Murphey, another writer, was in this group. This happened over 30 years ago.
I didn't start writing until after I turned 40. Totally scared and doubting myself, I went to my first writers' conference in 2001. I wasn't sure I was a real writer.
I'd only seen Cec maybe once in my life. And there he stood signing his books. God, if Cec will encourage me, I'll keep writing.
He invited me to join his writers' group in Atlanta! I didn't ask him to. My first publication came the next year!
This September, I'm going to teach writing at the North Texas Christian Writers' Conference. Guess who recommended me? Cec Murphey.
And I thought it was all about tongue therapy.
Thank you, God. You knew the plan, didn't You!