People often ask me when I first knew I wanted to be a writer. That’s usually a hard question for any writer. I think we dream of being a writer long before we see it as a possibility. But, if I had to name one place where it all began it would be an old western mansion that now sets in the heart of downtown Amarillo.
In 1955 the home of Lee and Mary Bivins became Amarillo’s Public Library. A few years later it became my summer hangout. I’d ride the bus downtown, walk the four blocks down Main Street and spend my Saturdays reading. If you look closely you can almost see me curled up with a book on the porch.
My imagination came alive in such a wonderful environment. Years later when I began to write CHANCE OF A LIFETIME I wanted to write about a woman who came back to her hometown as a librarian. The memories of the Bivins Library were so strong in my mind that it was easy to mold my imaginary library. I felt I was going home again.
I hope you’ll come along with me in my story as Emily discovers the secrets hidden in the stacks and makes her library come alive with the people inside. You’ll love the writing group who meets there and the kissing teenagers in the back of the stacks and the volunteer who is worth every dime she’s paid.
I hope CHANCE OF A LIFETIME touches your heart and sparks pleasant recollections as well. I’d love to hear your memories of a library in your past
that meant something special.
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