Late last summer a friend called me asking if he could make an introduction on my behalf. He is someone who has been so wonderfully supportive of my journey since my heart attack, and I was touched that he wanted to introduce me to the editor of Marin Magazine, Mimi Towle.
About a month later, I was sitting in her office in beautiful Sausalito sharing my entire story. I was excited to share it with someone who has editorial control over a publication that is widely known in Marin County and parts of San Francisco and is akin to Town & Country, but for our little sliver of the world.
As I wrapped up I wondered what she thought. Was this publishable? Would this be the right publication to take my story on? As my story is so unique to Marin County, I thought there was a chance that they’d be interested. After about twenty minutes of walking Mimi through everything that had happened since my heart attack, I showed her several pictures of my new biological family on my phone and then I stopped talking. I knew my story had resonance and can move people, but is it magazine worthy? Marin Magazine worthy?
“This is a story that needs to be told,” Mimi said. “And we’d like to tell it in our magazine.”
I blushed and sank back into the chair opposite her desk. She asked if I would tell my story in a “first person” piece, using my voice and writing. Of course, I replied. I’d love to.
Michelle Johnson, head of advertising sales, walked by Mimi’s office and Mimi waved her in and asked me to tell my story to her. I gave Michelle the sixty second version and she suddenly walked over to me and gave me a huge hug. I felt at home with this team and knew this was the right place for my story to begin to reach a wider audience.
The following was published in Marin Magazine’s February 2019 edition. I hope it inspires and helps others. Click the image below and thank you for giving it a read!