It was an interesting coincidence on a cold winter's night that I tripped upon Frank Hegyi's book cover for "If it wasn't for celibacy, I would have been a priest". It jumped out at me while I viewed a list of books by members of the Ottawa Independent Writers.
I stole the opportunity to speak with Frank about his book before a working group meeting in February. I asked him about it and shyly mentioned that one of the main characters in my novel is a priest - a priest who encountered carnal temptation early in his career. Frank gladly pulled out a copy of the book and offered it to me as a gift - although I insisted twice on paying him.
The book is a collection of Frank's essays on Religion, Politics and Life. When time permitted, I really enjoyed reading his insights. I found myself nodding in agreement with many of his observations and views.
Frank is a calm, quiet man with an extraordinary history of overcoming obstacles. He is also a cancer survivor who co-wrote and published "Death can wait. Stories from cancer survivors" along with Roslyn Franken, Jacquelin Holzman and Max Keeping.
Although he is not representative of my target audience, I hope I can return the favour by offering him a fresh, printed copy of my novel this winter.