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As some of you know, I’m in the process of revising my second novel. Since this book is set in a dinner theatre, I wanted to confirm my details and bring the setting to life (not to mention wanting an excuse to indulge in my love of musicals). So, I booked my husband and I to see a show at a nearby dinner theatre.
The bonus? I had a coupon! Buy tickets to the last show in their old location, and get free tickets to see the holiday show in their new theatre. Not only would I get up-front-close-and-personal tidbits for the book, I could see two different locations for the price of one. (And get a second night out on the town.)
It gets even better.
At the end of the story in my fictional setting, the characters in my book are preparing to do White Christmas. Guess what the holiday show is that I get to see free? Yep. White Christmas. How’s that for first-hand confirmation that my storyline is working?
Do you want to know something else? (Of course you do. That’s why you’re still reading.) My novel opens with the characters auditioning for 42nd Street. Drumroll please. This same local theatre is doing 42nd Street in March.
Coincidence? Nah. I’d like to think that God has a hand in even the smallest of details concerning our dreams. My critique partners have already commented on how real the setting feels – based entirely on my memory. Now, with the fresh experiences, I have a feeling the setting will come to life even more, making for better book. (And all the more likely to capture the imagination of an agent or editor.)
So, on Friday night, I’m headed out to do a little more research for my book. And loving every moment of the journey.
What about you? Have you had any “coincidences” in the pursuit of your dreams? What’s your favorite musical? (I may need suggestions for a sequel!)