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My long term aim is to have the best of my work floating around beyond my lifetime.
Encouraging this conceit are a couple of events which lead me to believe I have something worth sharing. One of my poems was bracketed between Donne's "Ecstasy" and Blake's "Tyger". The BBC purchased 7 poems to be used within "PlaySchool" (at the time I was Isabel Reeves). I have 2 non-fiction works which have provided positive feedback from viewers.
I have no illusions. My work, so far, does not have any appeal for a wide audience. Add to this, my eagerness to publish before I had sufficient appreciation of the publishing and marketing side of putting one's books 'out there'. (I am working on this.)
If you have any connection with the effects of asbestos, you may want to read "The Whens of Wittenoom."
If you, or anyone close to you, has their life turned upside down due to the manic episodes inherent in bi-polar disorder, you may want to try reading "Life Before Lithium." Hard copies had been provided for review and the response was that it was a page turner and that folk were not able to put it down until sleep overtook at 3am. The publisher to whom I sent this MS was embarrassed by the need to advise that the reader appointed to assess my book had disappeared and taken the manuscript with her!
I am now working on a set of three companion novels, For years I had been adding notes, research and ideas to that which I called "The Big Book". When it came tome to put words on paper - instead of telling yarns over picnic tables - the task was way too huge to attempt! Spanning 100 years between 1865-1965, over Scotland, England, Western Australia and short, but crucial times in South Africa - best a reader tell you -
"Journey into the lives of old families who possess both power and good fortune. More specifically the consequences of lost family heritage from the secret passions, wandering lust.and lies from men of days past. Marvel at the web of secrets that creates a ripple effect carrying forward through time continuing through generations and across continents. Watch through the eyes of Peacock & Oates, Dumfries and their fiduciary relationship to long lost clients who they themselves know not the true identity."
on Aug. 20, 2011 :
Your words are inspiring. They left me with a strange, yet familiar feeling. It was a very nice journey.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)