When No One Knows Your Heroine


IMG_1955“Look!” I said when my contributor’s copies of the Alive Now Creativity issue landed in my mailbox. “I’m in the same book as Madeleine L’Engle!”

My husband looked at me and said, “Who’s that?”

A few hours later my son said, “Uh, I don’t know what that is, but I’m guessing it’s a famous author.”

My coworker said L’Engle’s name sounded familiar. Everyone thought her book A Wrinkle in Time might be something they’d read. Maybe. But they couldn’t quite remember.

I suppose I’m writing this post in hopes that someone out there does know one of the authors I most admire. I’m hoping others can appreciate the thrill of seeing her name on a devotional with my poem inside. And even if no one else knows of A Wrinkle in Time, I do. I also know of her non-fiction works that filled me with inspiration like A Circle of Quiet.

I love my husband and son. Sometimes it astounds me that our worlds are so different even though we live intertwined. But I suppose Madeleine L’Engle would say that she didn’t need everyone to know her in order to feel complete.  She was wise like that.

I’ll just keep on being happy knowing that her name is on the cover of that Creativity issue. I think she’d be okay with that.


9 thoughts on “When No One Knows Your Heroine

  1. Martha Grover

    Congratulations on the publishing of your work, especially in a magazine that also publishes d’Engle. It is interesting how subjects that are familiar to us as our phone number others have never heard of. It reminds me of how big the world is. Even close friends, husbands and children, don’t travel in the same particular world.

  2. Karrie Zylstra

    Thanks, Martha. It did amaze me that they’d never heard of her. I had to remind myself that I probably don’t know many of the people they admire, either.

  3. Elaine Marston

    Madeleine L’Engle has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time. I appreciate her wide range of writing, from the Wrinkle in Time series and other books for teens (such as the Arm of the Starfish) to her adult literature (Certain Women) to her non-fiction (the Rock that is Higher), just to name a few. Congratulations on being published, and being published alongside such a wonderful author!

    • Karrie Zylstra

      Thank you for the congratulations and for letting me know you admire her, too, Elaine. I knew I wasn’t the only one:)

  4. Congratulations on being published! I can safely say that my wife, all 6 kids, and I knew who Madeleine L’Engle is, have read the Wrinkle In Time series, and admire her greatly.

  5. Congrats, Karrie, on your publication! Also, I do happen to know who Madeleine L’Engle was. One of the highlights of my life was meeting her at a book signing and having her sign my copy of A Wrinkle in Time.

    • Karrie Zylstra

      Thanks, Jody. Now I’m jealous that you have a signed copy and got to meet her. But the jealousy still feels better than the blank looks from my family;)

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