The Right Place

How often have you heard people saying, “Poor guy, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time?”

Being a thoroughly positive person, I will analyze how being at the right place at the right time affected my life.

I married my husband because we were both at the right place at the right time. We lived on opposite sides of the country, but I spent a vacation with my cousins in a different town and he happened to be visiting friends in the same place and attending the same organized tour where we met. Voila. Many, many years later we are sitting across from each other for better or worse.

I also got my first big job because a recruiter called the Chemistry Department’s Lab looking for soon-to-be graduates, and I happened to answer the phone. He insisted I come for an interview although I wasn’t graduating for another six months. They offered me a part-time and later fulltime job.

My first book was published because I was at the right place at the right time. More precisely at a conference. Picture me walking to a workshop, passing by the room where editors held the pitch session and taking a peek through the door. An editor sat by herself because the writer never showed up. What a waste of precious pitching time. The coordinator asked if I wanted to talk to the editor. I wasn’t planning on pitching, but I decided to give it a try. I sat across from the editor and explained I really wasn’t prepared. “Why don’t you tell me about the story you really love?” Once I started I couldn’t stop, and she said she loved it too. A month later I signed my first contract. Seven years later, I have thirteen books published, and I just finished writing a new one.

Editors insist we should not build a story on coincidence.
Is being at the right place at the right time a coincidence? Or fate? A part of our destiny? Or as a friend of mine often tells me: it is meant to be.

What’s your opinion on that subject? Have you been at the right place at the right time? Did it make a difference in your life?

About the Author: Mona traveled to more than fifty countries on business or vacation. Eventually she left a scientific career to share with readers the many stories brewing in her head. She writes contemporary romances, sweet or not so sweet, with suspense elements or medical themes. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited, from exotic Belarus, and historical France, to the beaches of Greece, the monuments of Egypt and the mysterious Islands of Seychelles–or more simply in Ohio, Florida, Boston and Washington, DC. Her titles garnered many awards. A winner of Best Romance Novel at Preditors & Editors, Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite, Epic Award Finalist, first-place wins in Enchanted Quill, Launching a Star, and Wallflower. Find Mona on Facebook, or Twitter, or visit her website.


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10 thoughts on “The Right Place

  1. I was in the right “place” at the right time when I got in touch with E. Ayers and she recommended I join Authors of Main Street, just when the group was starting this blog!


  2. Great post, Mona. Lot’s of wonderful things have happened in my life because I showed up. I’ve meet wonderful people by accident and they’ve enhanced my life. That’s not coincidence it’s the universe smiling.


  3. I’ve been in the right place at the right time so many times in my life. I’ve gotten to the point when I’ve been stuck in traffic or some other thing has held me up, I figure I wasn’t supposed to be there yet. Just accept. For whatever reason, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.


  4. I believe things happen in our lives for a reason. So, yes. I believe we’re always in the right place at the right time. I wouldn’t have my awesome son, had I not stumbled over my (now) hubby’s feet at the right time. Lol


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