First, join me in happy dancing over at Seekerville! I’m the guest blogger today! Come by and say hi!
Anyone who knows me or has seen me comment on other blogs [like Seekerville] knows I love Panera and that I work well there, but why?
First, it’s a Panera. What else is there to say?!
But once I’d been going there for a while regularly, I started to get to know some of the employees. Especially a couple of the managers. Now, it’s nothing deep or anything, but they know me. They know I like my potato soup in a bread bowl with the bread bowl on the side. [Hey! It’s dippabler that way!]
And they love that I sit there and write books.
So last April, when I was looking for a name of a character [the next door neighbor, mentor type] I picked “Doyle” after one of the managers who’s been kind to me. Doyle, in the universe I created, is married to Deeanne. They’re the Doziers.
Doyle and Deeanne Dozier.
What great names, right? And secondary characters so the alliteration shouldn’t get too annoying ;).
A couple weeks ago, I was at Panera, typing away when I got stuck. Just a bit and ended up staring into space. Space where another manager – Travis – walked into and thought I was looking at him.
We had a good laugh over it and got to chatting. Doyle already knew I’d named a character after him by this point and got a good laugh over it. Travis and I were talking about it [he insisted I needed to name a character ‘Travis with the faux-hawk” – guess who my new hero is? ;)].
Told Travis the whole character name.
Two guesses what Doyle’s [the real one] dog’s name is.
You got it.
Doyle agreed to send me a pic of him and Dozier to use on the blog, but I don’t have it yet, so I’ll post it when I do.
I love my Panera because of how much work I can get done there and because of the nice people who take good care of me while I’m there.
Plus, I just may get to have a book signing or two there one day.
When I have a book to sign ;).