Valentines for Gabriella

 Well, it has been 3 months since the launch of Gabriella in the US & the UK. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years have passed, Valentine’s day is only a week away, and Gabriella is receiving love letters. She really is. Notes and cards and emails are pouring in from readers, on both sides of the Atlantic, from readers who have been deeply touched by the book and want to tell me the experiences they have had. I am amazed by the generosity of their spirits. Firstly, that they have taken time, that most precious of commodities, to read Gabriella’s story and then, that men and women, boys and girls, from ages 10 to 85, would invest even more energy making a connection with me, is humbling. I am filled with gratitude. In so many ways this is a long season of celebration, of new beginnings, and an awakening of something within me that has long lain dormant. Thank you, all of you, for joining me on this most remarkable journey. 

Autumn Thoughts

October 2007

It is autumn in the Northern hemisphere. For most of my life, it has been my favourite season.

These are the days of lengthening shadows, of shorter days and frosty mornings. The trees put on a display of riotous colour, their leafy forms, all golden-red, contrasting boldly with skies awash in clear, crisp blue. Underfoot, those leaves that have given their final show, lay scattered across my path. And each day the branches, the skeletons of the deciduous trees, reveal more and more of their unique and rarefied beauty, no longer hidden, no longer masked by foliage.

As my novel, Gabriella, is introduced to this world, I am grateful to have autumn as my companion. It is helping to remind me, in a profound and shockingly beautiful manner, that I, too, have cycles and seasons, that each moment of my life has given way to the next, that what has looked like death, has actually, been birth.

To quote Edwin Way Teale:
Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is, is change.