Kathy Pooler, connector extraordinaire

Kathy Pooler is one of my most prolific and generous memoir writer friends. If you’ve been following this blog, you have met her talking about how to use Twitter to build meaningful relationships.

Today she is featuring a guest blog from me about how I stumbled onto an “ideal reader” while on a romantic getaway with my husband. She is also giving away a copy of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World to one of her lucky commenters. I’ll get you started on the post here, and hope you can take advantage of Kathy’s promotion by finishing the story on her site.

She also reviewed Blush on both Amazon and Goodreads. Wow.

Here’s the story about how I met an ideal reader on the Chesapeake Breeze.

And here is my gallant companion on the journey, Stuart.

Husband Stuart in front of the ferry to Tangier Island

Husband Stuart in front of the ferry to Tangier Island

Guest Post

Do you believe in divine providence? Or in destiny?

Here’s an author/reader story that confirms my belief in both.

My husband picked a surprise destination for our 44th wedding anniversary: Tangier Island. To get there, we traveled by boat—the Chesapeake Breeze ferry. By chance we met another couple. Eventually the topic of my book entered the conversation.

I discovered that the woman in our shipmate couple loved to travel to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for most Amish and Mennonite romances, and that she was one of the millions of readers of fiction depicting this subculture. Like many of those readers, she identified herself as an evangelical Christian.

Read the rest at Kathy’s blog. Hope you win the free copy of Blush.

Do you envision an ideal reader of your own? Can you describe that person?


Shirley Showalter


  1. Kathleen Pooler on September 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Shirley, It’s such an honor to feature you on my blog. Thank you for your generous mention and for your ongoing support. I love your story about finding your reader. As you show, sometimes they’re right in front of us when we least expect it. Your drawing of “Rachel” is a great tool for visualizing who our reader is so we will know when they just happen to be be present to us! I’m excited you have offered a giveaway of your captivating memoir, too.

  2. shirleyhs on September 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks, Kathy. I wish Rachel looked a little clearer. I must have send you a low res picture. I’m off to see if I have a better one.

    Hope your readers can benefit from the story.


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