As I stroll through the narrow aisles of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with my own book tucked tightly against my body, I look around and witness people thumbing through pages of newly-printed books, carrying on conversations, laughing, chatting. I overhear patrons discussing their latest read interrupted only with the occasional, “excuse me,” an inevitable comment while navigating around this iconic (and crowed) bookstore.
As I ran my hand along a stack of newly-minted fiction, I smiled, thinking to myself, How could I even let myself imagine seeing my book, the one still clutched tightly against my chest, listed among these giants of fiction where there’s very little room for an unknown; very little room for a book written by someone with less than a high school education? Then, I caught myself letting that self-doubt creep in again trying to steal my dream. So, I shook it off, regained my smile knowing that, along with all of the other bits and pieces of my dream that are falling into place on a daily basis, this too would happen.
As I realized I needed to move on, I approach the front desk asking if Ms. Patchett or Ms. Hayes might be available. Of course, they aren’t. It was Saturday, the only day I could make a visit. Working full-time doesn’t give you the luxury of being able to contact owners when THEY are in the stores, so I leave a copy of The Wait along with a handwritten note tucked inside its pages, say a little prayer, and leave the crowded store for the time being.
Today, May 31, 2017, I began wondering if anything had happened with the request I had submitted as directed for Parnassus Books to offer The Wait to its patrons; to list it there among books written by tried and true authors. I went to their website, I moved my cursor to the top of the screen and typed in THE WAIT, hit search, then waited. In only a few seconds, there it was: my book at #2 on the list. I read, ON OUR SHELVES NOW, 1 on hand, as of May 31, 6:03 a.m. I wanted to say I wept, but I didn’t. I’m delighted to say the least, but I cannot explain the feeling I get as I watch something happen that I prayed for so many years ago. It is with deep appreciation; a humble heart, and pure exhilaration that I tell you, THE WAIT is now available at Parnassus Books. Another dream turned to reality. Now, I will weep.