As I watch the episode on DVD today I continue to see glimpses of my life and just laugh at the thought of what must have been engrained into my subconscious mind as a 13-year old when the episode first aired on American television. At 13 my dream was to become an Olympic Figure Skater and travel around the world. I didn't realize at the time how writing would become such a big part of my life. Although I never competed in the Olympic Games, I was able to live out my dream of attending the Games in 2002 with fellow athletes. To me, my Olympic Dream was fulfilled, but it was after I hung up the skates that writing really took over.
I went on to write for the school newspaper in high school and then covered figure skating events as a journalist beginning when I was 19. Somehow expressing my thoughts through the written word came naturally and now it makes perfect sense why I have chosen this as my career. I often watch the pilot episode of "Murder She Wrote" as I can relate so much to the characters, the twists and turns of life, the unexpected surprises. Today as I watched I noticed a scene I have viewed many many times, yet today it struck a cord. It's a scene where Jessica is telling her nephew that even though someone wants to publish her book doesn't necessarily mean anyone will read it. She then passes the local bookstore in Cabot Cove where the store owner is replacing her Bestseller status sign in the window and it reads #2 Bestseller.
Today when I watched this scene, I laughed and thought, wow...I really did it. On June 25th my own book, It's Simply Serendipity hit #2 in the USA on Amazon. I was thrilled and celebrated with friends and loved ones here in Santa Monica. I've often heard that children are like sponges, absorbing everything they see and hear. Somewhere in my 13-year old head and heart a dream began to blossom and 30 years later, it has come true. I still hold on to another dream, the one where I can personally thank Angela Lansbury for being such a beautiful inspiration for me and my writing.