I'm going to take you back in time—to a time when I knew I wanted to write another novel, but I didn't know what to write about. My first two novels are set in Southeast Asia and focus on human rights violations (BBTB published and Tears from the Sea TFTS not published). So when it came time to embark on a new project I thought…it’s time to concentrate on what’s happening in my own backyard. This led to the conclusion that I would write about the First Nations people.
I was also intrigued by the Arctic so I figured the Inuit it would be. I began looking at job opportunities up North as a means of becoming acquainted with the landscape and the people who inhabited it (and of course to eat/pay rent). This was the plan; or so, I thought.
One evening back in 2012, when I went to bed—I dreamed. In my dream, I had the feeling that I was standing on a high cliff, below me, the sea roared and off in the distance a ship with white sails approached. With this sighting came the overpowering feeling of doom.
My dream sequence continued with a huge roaring fire whose flames where so high they licked a blackened night sky. Behind the fire stood a man—nose like a hawk, his hair in a long braid with three feathers. But what held my attention was the red sheen on his skin and the way it was illuminated by the firelight.
When I woke up… I understood ‘the doom’ was the arrival of the first Europeans what we know refer to as Canada. But, I didn’t understand the red skin. When I sat down to my computer that morning, OF COURSE, I went straight to google and discovered there were extinct indigenous people from Newfoundland called the Beothuk and, they painted their bodies with red ochre. WHOA! Change of plan. I had met my main character Nonosbawsut.
Fast forward to 2017, I am... shall we say...doing a bit of an overhaul to my novel and, if you have read the section on my website 'What's keeping me busy'...you may have noticed TFTS and Nonosbawsut are now together in one novel. For an explanation about how this came about stay tuned. :)
Before I sign off, I have a little story about synchronicity to share with you. When I was in Newfoundland researching the Beothuk's, we were in St. John's and in this lovely shop the poster below was discovered. Does it remind you of anyone's dream?!
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