Friendship sustains Us

My novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU is about the redeeming power of friendship. Brannagh comes to terms with her past when she attends a reunion of the childhood all girls club Tuatha-de-Dananns. So, I was really pleased when I returned home recently to reunite with some of the girls I went to high school with: Carole, Kathy, Debra, Thea, Patrician, Maryanne and Thelma. Where has the time gone? It was so good to re-connect with you all again. I’ll leave you with heartfelt wishes of my protagist, Brannagh, who summed it up this way:

“Whatever heaven was, Brannagh decided, wherever that place was that you went when you died, she knew that this moment would be there waiting like a cosmic seed to sprout in their hearts upon the first moment of recognition. She was certain that all that they had been–children, girls, teenagers, women–the loss, the hope, the reaching and stumbling and getting back up again would all be there too. And she was convinced that all the exhuberant, shining expectations not yet fullfilled, the dreams and yearnings that had been too painful not to discard over the years, that they had simply given up or locked away, would be there too, unsullied and expectant, ready to be claimed, like goods stored in the locker at the bus depot.”


I think it’s true that ‘nothing can change the past, but friendship holds the power to transform the future.’


ANSWERING THE CALL: Where did time go?

The writing retreat was held last weekend and what a great time it was. I can’t believe how quickly the time passed by. It is heavenly to have a window of uninterrupted time to write. I especially love not having to cook. (the deserts were great too!)

Thanks to everyone who made the retreat such a success. Sharing the creative process with each of you, hearing all of your stories, the stumbles and celebrations along the way, was so rewarding. It was a diverse group which made our time together so interesting. I loved hearing the ‘aha’ moments and the many different ways inspiration and synchronicity strike. To top it off, the weather was mild and sunny. Lots of long walks for noodling. I’m happy to say my new novel is unfolding beautifully…

The next ANSWERING THE CALL retreat is scheduled for the Fall. More details coming soon!