Coincidence? Not with God!

Coincidence? Not with God!

A few weeks ago, an online friend I’ve never met, author Gail Kittleson, and I decided we wanted to co-author a book. No idea what, it just sounded like a fun idea. As we chatted back and forth through email, I suggested a cozy mystery. And so it was.

Gail started it off with a chapter or two, and I picked it up from there, and, well . . .

So. In Gail’s first scene, she has our female protagonist ruminating about Easter hats, or more precisely, one hat in particular. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The story is set in small-town northern Iowa, in June, in the closing years of WWII, making it a historical. Now I’m not good with writing historical fiction, so I’m leaving all that to Gail.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. When I read ‘Easter hats’ … um, Gail, we have a problem. So, we changed it to April, of course.

The writing exchanges, edits, and additions became intense over the past week or so, and our scenes and writing-to-date, have ended on Easter Day.

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday. Next Sunday is Easter Sunday.  Coincidence?

Nope. All rough these past few weeks . . . in fact, probably from the very beginning . . . God has been directing our collective writing paths, bringing us right into the middle of this Holy Week.

I wonder where He’ll direct us from here?

Happy Easter!

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. I have been pondering those sorts of coincidences lately. Why is it that one obscure fact I run across in a book will appear in a different book I pick up two weeks later? Maybe I have just been paying more attention to the interconnectedness of life? I suspect that God uses all sorts of things to nudge our thoughts into the directions he wants us to pursue. Even Easter hats.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. It does sometimes make you scratch your heat, right? And I think it’s a shame hats have gone out of style, including garish Easter bonnets, of which the one featured in this cozy mystery is one of the worst! 🙂
    Another ‘coincidence” – my granddaughter is married to a Betz–is it a common surname?

  3. Janet K Brown says:

    I laughed. Cute post. Nope, coincidences are just God’s way of getting our attention. Love it, Peg. Good luck on you & Gail coming up with a winner. In God’s time, of course.

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