The day that the Worcester Telegram and Gazette ran an article about the Lunch Lady books, my phone rang and it was my old friend Marty. Without missing a beat he said, "You wrote a book about my aunt?!" WHA? Turns out, my old lunch lady is Marty's grandfather's sister-in-law. Who knew?! Now I've known Marty since I was 15 and I went to many a Sunday dinner at his grandparents' house. Imagine if I had ran into my old lunch lady all those years ago? I would have never been hit by the shock of her having grandkids when I ran into her in 2001 and I would have never written these Lunch Lady books.
Timing is everything!