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Robin L. Flanigan finds a love story atop Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Robin L. Flanigan is a freelance writer with a wide variety of experience. She knows that sharing stories is a direct route to helping other people find hope when the compass seems to be stuck on forlorn. Personal narrative non-fiction is her joy and power as you can see from her adoption story that she retells here (get tissues ready).

And, now, on the way, is a book that was a result of courage, talent and fate. The courage to dare a climb and a question, the talent to weave a tale of reality as if it were romantic fiction, and fate that brings strangers together in a permanent bond.

Robin and her husband Patrick were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, and Robin, over breakfast, was lamenting the fact that she had, for a long time, been wanting to write a book but that she was not making strides at it. As a trained journalist, she works with non-fiction and information that lets her write an evolving story.

Patrick suggested she write about Bonnie, a woman who came home one night to find that her husband has died. She mourns for eighteen months until her decision to move beyond her grief sends her to the summit of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, an experience through which she falls in love with one of the climbers. Robin, who is brave enough to have conquered personal mountains and to scale them physically as well, was on that same trek where she met Bonnie.

Robin knew that asking Bonnie to be open about her journey from loss to love with not only her but potentially with so many strangers was a challenge. But ask she did.

Silence. And, then,

“Robin, on Saturday morning probably around the time you were having breakfast, I was praying ‘God, I don’t know how, but it’s time. It’s time I tell my story.’ And, Robin, God brought you to me.” Robin burst into tears that were a tribute to how deeply she knew writing this story was meant to be no matter how long it took. Over the last 5 years as she reports and writes, reports and writes, she goes back to that moment of knowing it was somehow predestined that the two women come together to tell a story of hope and resilience.

How wonderful to know that conquering a mountain can bring completion in more than one way. Stay tuned to hear when this book is out and ready for you to read. Meanwhile, if you like, you can reach Robin on twitter via @thekineticpen.

From me to you with love in the air,
Janet

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