You never know when a chance encounter will put you in the path of someone incredible.
Years ago I was speaking at an SCBWI conference. It’s a conference that has since caused me a lot of consternation because I am 90% certain that I didn’t know where it was at the time, in spite of my having flown there, and I certainly can’t remember now. Memory is fickle. It doesn’t just produce answers when you want them, and what it holds onto can often be too random for words. There are times, though, when my memory does me a solid. I don’t remember where the conference was, but I remember meeting Leah Henderson. Already at that time she had a middle grade novel coming out. It was called One Shadow On the Wall, and it received strong reviews from Kirkus and SLJ.