“Your stories give me hope,” the woman said to me when she told me how much she liked Inn Significant. “Where do you get your inspiration?” she asked.
I told her I get my inspiration from people—mostly from people I know or I’ve loved along the way in my life.
“You are an optimist?” she asked me.
“I like to think I am,” I said.
“Well, keep writing. You give me hope for the future. Will there be a sequel to Inn Significant?”
“I’m toying with it,” I said.
“Well, stop toying and get to it. I want to see what becomes of these people.”
I guess to both of us, they are real, and not just characters. And in some way they are.
That’s a conversation I will treasure for a long time.
Stephanie Verni is a hopeless romantic, Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University, and the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt. Follow her on Twitter at stephverni or on Instagram at stephanie.verni.