I don’t care what people think, there is something to be said for “online relationships”. Take me and Susan, for example (my co-writer of 100 Perks of Having Cancer). Right from her first comment on my blog: “I flippin’ LOVE your blog!”, there was a spark. When I followed her link to the Savvy Sister blog, and cyber-met this feisty red-head who knew so much about cancer prevention, I was smitten. We flirted around for a few months, making witty comments on one another’s blogs, and then I took a leap of faith.
I wrote to her: “Susan, will you marry me? Just kiddin’, actually what I really want to propose is that we write a book together which combines our two blogs.”
She replied, “Flo, we live in two different countries. How will we ever manage to write a book together? I think it would be easier if I just marry you!”
But I was not giving up that easily, I pursued her until eventually she gave in and said yes to my proposal…..ahhhhhh, I mean the book proposal of course. After about 15 months of hard labor, we finally gave birth to our baby: 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It. (Which, by the way, is now available for pre-sale at Amazon….find it HERE)!
Well, finally on June 25th, I got to meet Susan in person for the very first time when she came to visit me in Newfoundland. I was feeling kind of apprehensive as I drove to the airport to pick her up. You know what it is like when you are talking to someone on-line. You think you are talking to this person:
When you actually are talking to this person:
It is very easy for people to misrepresent themselves as being nicer, smarter, funnier, more attractive, and yes, even skinnier, when they are hiding behind a computer screen. However that was certainly not the case for Susan, the Savvy Sister. While this is the image I had of her before meeting Susan:
This is how she looked in real life:
Even more bubbly, full of fun and beautiful, both inside and out, than I could have ever imagined.
So we had loads of fun:
Eating (healthy, delicious, plant based foods….Susan is a fabulous cook!):
And doing some work, including two radio interviews:
You can listen to our CBC interview HERE.
And now Susan and I have resumed our on-line relationship, but are so pumped about seeing each other at our book launch in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22. WOOT! WOOT!