FIRST NOVEL AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR GABRIELLA!

Much has been happening with Gabriella, as well as with me, since I last blogged.
Let’s start with Gabriella news first. She has been nominated by my publishers for not one, but two, first novel awards. The first is the prestigious Costa Book Awards, formerly known as the Whitbread Literary Awards, and the second is part of the Guildford Book Festival. I will keep you posted on those.

I have also been the guest of honour at a number of book clubs who have chosen Gabriella to read. What a privilege it has been to hear the responses of circles of women to the story. There are two more of these events up-coming this autumn. Thank you all of for your insights and your support.

Along with this, I have begun work on my second novel. It is a very different story to Gabriella; but in a strange sort of way they are also quite a lot alike. It is a story of healing and redemption, of moving from fragmentation to wholeness. I will tell you more about it as it unfolds.

Another new development is that Gabriella will become an audio book this year. I have received so many requests from people who have visited the website and listened to the recorded excerpts there, that I have decided to go back into the studio and read the story in its entirety. I am very excited about this and will let you know when it is available for purchase and downloading.

Finally, I have accepted the position of Creative Director at The Kripalu Centre here in Dorking. Kripalu USA is the largest yoga-teaching institute in the world and we, in England, are the European centre for Kripalu. I, personally, will be developing workshops and seminars that explore the links between creativity and well being, as well as facilitating the introduction of other teachers and creative people to our students, as well as the larger community. It’s going to be a great year.

I will be in touch more often, as this will be a great resource for me to process all these different pieces of my journey.

Blessings

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.