During my lifetime I have felt God placed people in my life. I’ve not recognized the fact that this was happening until later, but I know He did do that. When I look back on my life, I can name several that I know were placed for me to learn from them.
Several people stand out in my mind, especially authors. I have always wanted to write, but never had the courage to try my hand at it. Well, I did once and realized I didn’t know what I was doing. Growing up and on to adulthood there were not many people who could direct you if you had the desire to write. Later in my life, I met Wilburta Arrowood. I have no idea if Wilburta even thought I could write, but she encouraged me to try my hand. She formed a critique group with about six of us wannabes. This showed me how much I didn’t know, but Wilburta introduced me to American Christian Fiction Writers.
The first conference I ever went to was Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference at Ridgeway, NC. There I met DiAnn Mills who has sold over one million books. She was such an encouragement to this green writer. I learned so much from that conference. The next conference I attended was American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Denver, CO. That is the biggest conference in Christian publishing. That’s when I met Sandra Robbins.
Sandra Robbins can be a book in itself. I met her in the elevator as we were going down for breakfast. We both went into the dining room at the hotel. She went to a table with friends, and I sat at the table behind her. You know how your nose starts dripping when you least expect it to? Well, that’s what happened, and I pulled a tissue out of my purse. As I was holding the tissue, not to my nose yet, I heard a thump and looked around and Sandra lay in the floor. Someone asked for a tissue to stop the bleeding. I looked at my hand and said, “Here. I have one.” I passed it on. To summarize the story, she had altitude sickness.
That one meeting with Sandra began a friendship that has lasted until 9:20 this morning when she passed away. She was instrumental in starting our area writers group, KenTen Writers Group. She was also instrumental in helping us form our first writers retreat, and helped with the ones we’ve held since then. I will truly miss my best friend. I will miss her encouragement, but she had fulfilled her job here on earth. We will miss her, but the exit is hard.
She was my best friend, my writing buddy, and my encourager. She pushed me into speaking at conferences, and she pushed me in my publishing business. I will always be indebted to her. There is a big hole in my heart right now.
If you love good reading, look her books up on Amazon.com. She was a wonderful writer. Rest in Peace Sandra Robbins. Thank you God for placing her in my life.