We were both from the Southeastern region of the United States, and more specifically Georgia. She had written for the newspaper that I had just written for, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Well, my assignment was for a magazine published with them, but still, there was that connection. I also wrote her because I was inspired by her being the first African American woman to write for this publication, and I admired her for this, being a Writer who also shares this heritage, and one more specifically who is writing for the same publication that she did.
So I shared with her my story and the ways that I felt I shared a connection with hers. Then I asked for advice as a newer Writer. Long story short, I can’t believe that she responded to my email, and now I’ve spoken with her three times.
I am very fortunate to have her in my corner. I am surprised by her kindness in sharing tips for querying, or how I should blog about meeting her. Don’t worry, I am. :)
She also inspired me to share my story with my Supermodel blog post, which I am still working on now, that it could be what inspires others to bring what makes them unique to their own work or businesses.
In addition to being a journalist, she is a novlist, publisher, filmmaker, the list goes on...a true Renaissance woman. She’s also great at public speaking, which I note from a funny and relatable Youtube video I saw on her website.
But that is enough for now. I just wanted to introduce you to my mentor, Tina McElroy Ansa. I can’t believe it. Well, sometimes you have to be willing to take a leap, and as they say, sometimes you land among the stars. This instance is one such case.