In another world, there is an Engineer named Dr. Blackwell who works for an agency known as the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. This particular work of fiction was invented by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, who go into detail about the organization in their book: “Phoenix Rising”.

Before the book came out, they released the first few pages online, and told my husband and I to take a look inside. They had told us that they were naming characters after us, so my husband and I opened the book, expecting to see the characters mentioned someplace. We wondered if we would be in a list of Agents of MOPO, or if Tee and Pip would have given the characters some sort of brief, background mention in a scene.

Instead, we looked inside the book to find that Tee and Pip had dedicated the book to us. I was overwhelmed with emotion. Never in my life did I suspect that this would happen. Jared and I were so touched. I couldn’t help but cry, I was so moved. It was an astounding, surprising, gracious gift. I am honored as I’ve never been before.