Necessity is the mother of taking chances. ~ Mark Twain
This month, Pamela and I both have books featuring small-town heroines who like to play it safe.
I might know a thing or two about heroines like this. *cough*
The times I've ventured out of my comfort zone were in the pursuit of something I wanted more than I feared failing. Since it's almost that time again, one event that comes to mind is the first time I went to New York for the RWA national conference. I've traveled a lot of places. By myself. My job required several trips a year, and in every new location, I rented a car to explore for a few days. Apparently, car keys make me comfortable. After I ran a red light in Los Angeles because I was staring up at the Hollywood sign, everyone else should feel less safe if I'm coming to your town, but I'm still pretty confident. Five minutes after I picked up my luggage at the airport in New York, I was ready to find the ticketing counter to book a return trip home. But I wanted to see the Big Apple. So I used a lifeline and phoned a friend. I saw places I've only seen on television. I made connections at that conference. I rode the subway. By myself. And with every time I do something I'm not sure I can, I get a little braver.
Everything changes for Stephanie Yates in Winner Takes All when she and her friends win the lottery. Before she knows she'll have to follow through, she makes the wild promise that she'll throw a dart at a map and get on a plane if they win. Rebecca and Jen, in the way of friends who've been together long enough to know all the secrets, refuse to let her back down from following her dreams. And they think Daniel, Rebecca's older brother, is a part of those dreams. That means a trip to Peru and some of the biggest risks a girl from Holly Heights, Texas, can imagine.
I'm with Cheryl. I'm both a risk-taker (I was once offered an opportunity to drive in powerpuff derbies (much, much MUCH younger) but I won't fly. Did you know it takes four days to drive/train to New York from Arizona. Someday I'll tell you about the time I scared a whole plane (vivid imagination and the words "We're going to crash!") But, enough about me. If you read Saturday's post, you already know a little bit about Yolanda. But, here's something I didn't share. She'd wisely decided to become an accountant. Switching to used bookstore owner is a huge leap of faith. (Yes, I also write for Love Inspired, so I like the word faith).
In Small-Town Secrets, Yolanda Sanchez is forced to take a chance
when her mother leaves her a beautiful home... with one stipulation: she has to do something risky. That involves pursuing a dream, opening a book store, working closely with her best friend, Adam, and a book filled with secrets.
What's a risk you've taken that paid off? Maybe it was taking a new job or quitting an old one, moving to a new city, talking to someone you didn't know...or submitting the manuscript you'd been working on to someone who might actually read it.