Continuing my series on interesting coincidences that writers experience this story comes from Missy Fillion:
A worn-out mom of young children goes on a women's retreat and meets Jesus in
Retreat to Folly. I was a worn-out mom of young children who loved going on
retreats and loved reading about people's visions of Jesus. I was particularly
drawn to regular people's interactions with Jesus, not just saints though I
enjoy those too. I decided to combine my place in life, struggling in
motherhood, with my fascination of people who talk to Jesus and actually hear
back from him. I could process my journey through motherhood and think about
what Jesus might say to someone in my shoes and set it all at my favorite place
in the world, Folly Beach, South Carolina.
Several years into the
writing of Retreat to Folly as I was closing in on the finishing line, I read
about a healing retreat being offered at our local monastery, my second favorite
place for a break. I called to reserve a spot thinking the retreat would be
wonderful since so much of my book was about healing. The retreat was full, so I
was put on a waiting list. As time passed without hearing anything, I knew I
wouldn't be going.
At 9:00am on the morning of the retreat, the
monastery called with a spot which had just opened. I quickly packed and raced
out there. The kids were so happy to see me go. They have lots of fun with Daddy
when Mom goes on retreat. It kind of hurts my feelings to see them so eager to
get rid of me, but I enjoy my time alone too much to let it hurt for
At one point during the weekend I was eavesdropping, as all authors
probably do, on a woman who was talking to the retreat leader. I spoke to this
woman afterwards because the Holy Spirit nudged me. This woman I met on a
retreat I almost didn't attend later introduced me to a woman who talks to
Jesus, just as my character does on the beach in Retreat to Folly.
Fillion is a native of Charleston, South Carolina who currently resides in
Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two beautiful children.