When It’s Meant to Be… (Melissa McClone)
Note from Jessie: I’m thrilled to be starting off my week of guest blogs with Melissa McClone. Meeting her for the first time, at a casual author dinner, was one of those exciting fan girl moments when you find yourself meeting the author of the book you were just reading (Christmas Magic on the Mountain). Not only is she a wonderful lady but she also came to SJP offering cool swag to a lucky person who responds to her blog post.
On April 19, 1991, I was at a meeting with hundreds of engineers who worked at our company in San Francisco. I noticed a group of men sitting a few rows ahead who I didn’t recognize. One man wore a light blue oxford button-down, and the outline of his T-shirt underneath showed. He had wavy dark blond hair that curled at the ends. I really wanted to see his face!
During a break, he and his friends stood. He turned around. Wow! Gorgeous. Love at first sight? Maybe. I elbowed my friend Annette who was sitting next to me and told her that was the man I was going to marry. She laughed and said she’d take the guy next to him. Of course, I had no idea who he was, but I didn’t care. That was my future husband!
A friend decided to help me find my Mystery Man (that’s what my coworkers called him.) She asked people if they knew who the tall, handsome, blond engineer was. Many guys fit the description so my hopes were raised and dashed over and over again. I finally gave up. I’d just have to find someone else to marry.
Then that summer, I found my Mystery Man while eating lunch at a different cafeteria! A coworker offered to invite him to have lunch in my building. I was so excited until I met him. Yes, he was romance hero gorgeous, but he was also the most arrogant, cocky, jerk I’d ever met. We argued over a work issue (turns out later I was right!) Forget about marrying him. I never wanted to see him again.
Fast forward two years later, when we were both living in the City, and we spent time doing things with mutual friends. He’d mellowed and was a lot nicer now. A friendship developed. We became hiking buddies and started dating a few months later. In 1995, we married, and we’ll celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in April.
Do you have a “meant to be” story you’d like to share? Comment to be entered to win a swag pack that includes an autographed paperback from Melissa’s backlist, chocolate, bookmarks and other swag.
Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. Her first inspirational romance PICTURE PERFECT LOVE will be out in June from Harper Collins Zondervan. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. Visit her website at www.melissamcclone.com.
Posted on February 23, 2015, in Auth: Jessie Smith, Auth: Special Guest, Real-Life Romance and tagged Harlequin, Harper Collins Zondervan, Melissa McClone, Picture Perfect Romance, Tule Publishing Group. Bookmark the permalink. 68 Comments.