Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Right Place by Mona Risk

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.
Celebrating an anniversary with my hero
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 full-time job. I stayed with this company until I took an early retirement to write.
Working long hours
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 me 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 fifteen books published, and I am writing a new one.
My friends threw a big party to celebrate my first book
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 Risk recently received an OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER Award at Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year at Readers Favorite, a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, and an EPIC’S award finalist.  Mona has published several boxed sets:

Holiday Babies Series--Christmas Babies, Valentine Babies, and Mother’s Day Babies.
Doctor’s Orders Boxed Set: Babies in the Bargain, Right Name, Wrong Man, and No More Lies.
Find Mona on Facebook, or Twitter, or visit her website.


  1. Mona, I'm not sure I believe in coincidences. Like you, I'd prefer to see these things as serendipity. :)

  2. I think that so much of life is just a matter of timing. Chance or fate- it probably depends on how it all turns out.

  3. I definitely believe in coincidences. I think if we think positively and expect good things to happen they do. That has worked for me in my life. Not that bad things haven't happened as well, but I focus on the good things.

  4. What a wonderful post, Mona! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Great post, Mona! I loved to learn more about your life. I've been wondering about serendipity a lot lately, so this post matched my mood exactly!