I was never meant to be a writer.
Or so I believed until…
After virtually forty years of training and practising the art of sculpture, my life took a surprising new course.
It is said that a Shaman must endure some physical calamity – a fall from a high rock face, breaking every bone in their body – be taken apart and reassembled again – before discovering their true power.
The same could be said of a writer.
From the most earthy, hands-on, three dimensional form of creative expression, sculpture, I was led through a devastating illness to a miraculous healing. And from that, to the discovery that I was indeed a writer.
My first book, Pathway Into Sunrise; Journey of a Wounded Healer, an autobiography with a difference written at sixty years of age, told that story.
Two novels were to follow. Clea and the Fifth Dimension, and This Strange and Precious Thing. This venture into fiction was a means by which a profound message could be transmitted whilst connecting with the reader in a fascinating adventure.
Story-telling at its best creates an energy which goes beyond the words on the page; it carries us into a direct feeling relationship with the unfolding message.
As Author we wield the power of the word. We can entertain, tell stories just for the fun of it, or we can move people deeply; delve into our minds and draw out from ourselves words which bring to the surface a truth which resonates with The Other’s experience, but in a manner which articulates that experience freshly, in a new way. In this sharing of feeling and experience, the Word has power, a magical power. We are actually using words to shape experience.
Through the expression of a truly lived experience I, as author, claim my Authority and validate my right to Creatorship. And that, I believe, is a message worth sharing, for it proclaims to the reader: “This can be your discovery too.”
I wrote my second two visionary fiction novels as my own pathway deepened and widened.
After attending conferences in which cutting-edge science met far-out spirit: Beyond the Brain, at St. John’s College, Cambridge and Science and Consciousness in Albuquerque, N.M. USA, I began to wonder: Was this taking me into territory where few might follow? Excited and stimulated, fired with a passion to communicate my discoveries, I realised that fiction might offer the solution. Clea and the Fifth Dimension came out of that.
I drew together Clea, a present-day career woman, and Grayling, a highly developed Alchemist figure from the future, all set in the midst of cast of powerful mythological characters. The dark goddess Kali and the dual-natured Pan epitomise the playing out of Humanity’s dark and light aspects.
Four years later, came my second novel, a love story with contemporary characters who go on a journey of spiritual awakening.
This Strange and Precious Thing, is set on The Island which Plato claimed to be the location of Lost Atlantis. Annya, is a feisty but sceptical young woman on vacation with her photo-journalist boyfriend, Simon, who nurses dreams of becoming a world-class reporter, but instead finds herself caught up in a nightmare and a series of other-worldly phenomena begin breaking into her consciousness.
My most recently published book is Dreaming Worlds Awake; A Miscellany of Stories, Synchronicities, Dreams and Poetry. One reader wrote, “‘This book has the impact of a spiritual depth-charge.” As an author, I couldn’t ask for a deeper response.
Has calamity moved you to creation? A shift of perspective –seeing ourselves. not as victims, but realising that we are the Author of our lives.
The only thing which holds us back is our fear. Step into your Grandeur. The power of miracle is within you. Step forward — claim your Power.
About the Author (Author Profile)
I was born in the steel town of Sheffield, where, at the age of eleven, I was somehow-or-other given a scholarship to the local College of Art. Twelve years later I left the Royal College, London for Rome with an ARCA in my pocket, eager to begin my brilliant career as a sculptor—but Life was making other plans. Struck down by a serious illness, virtually paralysed for many years, hammers, chisels, and oxy-acetylene welders were no longer an option. Then a miracle changed my life. This story is told in my first book, Pathway Into Sunrise.
My initial foray into the medium of fiction, Clea and the Fifth Dimension, followed four years later with a foreword by best-selling author, transpersonal psychotherapist and spiritual teacher, Ruth White. This Strange and Precious Thing, which I describe as multi-dimensional and visionary fiction, is my third book. (See reviews.) My fourth, Dreaming Worlds Awake, recently published, is a miscellany.