There I was sitting by myself at a book signing table trying look engaging as people passed by without a glance, when a woman stepped up and introduced herself. “You should write about Henry Ford,” she said.
The look on my face must have appeared as perplexed as I felt, because she explained. “He did lots of stuff with farming, too.”
This bit of news about Ford and farming was not as random as it sounds. My last two books had been about the agricultural interests of two presidents. Still, I couldn’t see myself writing about a millionaire car manufacturer. Then the woman said, “He even grew a car.”
Sometimes I have to fish around for a while to find my next project. But this woman had conveniently dangled a fat, juicy, still-wriggling idea in front of me, and I was hooked. What do you mean, he grew a car? How do you grow a car? How come I’ve never heard of this? We chatted a while longer, I signed a book for her, and made sure I got her name. Then I grabbed my phone and googled it.
THANK YOU, AMELIA!!
Hey, Amelia. Got anymore bright ideas?
I love this story! Years ago I was an intern at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and never heard of this. Your fat, juicy, worm of an idea looks like an amazing story. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
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Great story! Ideas are all around us--we just have to have our eyes and ears open. :)ReplyDelete
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