Saturday, August 22, 2009
All Jingled Out
When David & Lindsey lived in Hereford, I stayed overnight with them. I think it was after Ryan was born. I'd taken a Christian fiction book with me to read at night. I had this book---All Jingled Out---and began reading it the first night. I came to Pamela Dowd's short story in this book, All Done With the Dashing, and I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning reading until I finished her story. I can remember almost laughing out loud and restraining myself because I didn't want to wake up the household. It was a GREAT story. In fact, it was so great that I did something I'd never done in my life. I saw her website at the end of the book and decided to get online right then and email her and tell her how she'd had me in stitches. (Thankfully, their computer was in the room where I was supposed to be sleeping) I got up and did just that. I emailed an author. That was several years ago. I was very surprised that she responded--and even more surprised to learn that she'd lived in Dumas at one point in her life. That one small step began a friendship with Pam--we became pen pals. I begged her for more stories! She's a very gifted writer. And, of course, she was writing more stories, but life was also happening to her. And...I learned...that the industry is very tough. So I became one of her prayer partners.
Well she has a new book ready to send to publishers. And she surprised me. She sent me a copy of the manuscript to preview. Is that not incredible? (For my eyes only, she said) It's a wonderful story--I finished reading it last night. So now I'm praying that this story makes it into the right hands. Hands that will promote it until it hits the shelves! I'd like to ask you to join me in praying for that to happen.
And I encourage you to find Pam's first short story and read it---you're gonna love it! It's under two different book titles: All Jingled Out and Simply Christmas. I've also recently seen it on the shelves of our local Christian bookstores. You'll fall in love with Pam's work just like I have--guaranteed!
(Available in FBC, Borger library!)