I love to hear rise-from-the-dead stories like Mike’s. I have one, too.
My mother, Ruth Chessman, was a writer.
Among her accomplishments, she wrote 17 mystery short stories published in major publications like Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen and small ones like Christian publications, historical association newsletters, and Canadian women’s magazines. If they paid, my mother submitted to them.
She died 20 years ago.
I JUST SIGNED A CONTRACT for her work — a small press is bringing out an anthology of her mystery short stories. Isn’t that AMAZING?
Plus, one of her short stories will be featured as a “classic” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in the June issue. I get to write the introduction.
The lesson to me is to never say never.