Coincidence? I Think Not
For a writer, spending time in a bookstore signing books is a blessing. One Saturday last fall, while signing my 2013 book, “Seeds of Evidence,” I met two young copyright examiners for the Library of Congress. What followed surprised us all.
We stayed in touch and over lunch on a snowy February day in Washington, Heather Wiggins and Rose Matthews gave me a rundown on their jobs and arranged a tour of the Library. Did you know many copyright applications are rejected? That books, computer programs, poems, plays, lyrics, and more can be copyright protected? That the examiners must decide if the applicant is really the author and the work is truly original? Their work is highly analytical, and because hundreds of books arrive daily, they must make their determinations fast.
The Library tour was amazing. It is a magnificent building, dating back to the late 1800s. The art in the Great Hall and the stunning Main Reading Room are well worth a visit the next time you’re in the Nation’s Capital.
As for that surprise? After buying “Seeds of Evidence” at the bookstore, Heather found herself identifying with the protagonist. She felt God nudging her about her own writing and some issues in her life. And then, the next week at work, of the hundreds of books to be examined, the very last one to come across her desk was … “Seeds of Evidence.” Coincidence? No, a Divine touch.
Linda J. White writes FBI thrillers from her home in rural Virginia. Her husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years. Mother of three grown children, Linda is also a national-award winning journalist and a women’s ministry speaker. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with Keira, her Sheltie, reading a book, or dreaming of the beach.