I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, though perhaps I’ve always been a storyteller. However, my journey changed on the Spring Equinox of 2005.
Driving on I-80 in Northern California, I was gazing at freshly planted fields and listening to NPR. It was the second anniversary of the Iraqi war. Being perimenopausal, it didn’t take much to upset me. “Over 600,000 Iraqis dead, many of them children,” they reported. A grandmother, I sobbed in my car for the now-childless mothers. I daydreamed about what the world would be like if the mothers and grandmothers ran the world. I envisioned women gathering—at the Click Café. I had no idea the Click Café would become Singing in Silence.
I thought What can I do? “Be careful when you ask questions,” they say, “Just might lead you to your destiny.” I had no idea my journey for the next twelve years was to write this book.
“Have you heard about the Third Secret?” my fellow Artist Way student asked at our meeting. “You know, Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children? The Church was supposed to reveal the Third Secret, but they didn’t.”
That was enough to hook me. An avid researcher, I read about Marian Apparitions (visions of the Virgin Mary), the history of the Catholic Church, quantum physics, history of wars, Dior—and water, and entered all into a spreadsheet. And then I let the story come to me.
As the book evolved, I realized we needed a Harry Potter book for midlife women. Suspense sprinkled with magic. A novel not only for change but one you could get lost in.
This journey has not been easy. I wrote before work, after work, on the weekends. I wrote when my brain was injured due to workplace bullying, by a woman. I kept writing in libraries when I lost my home at age 60. I kept writing through each life challenge because I wanted a peaceful world for my grandkids.
Now, after twelve years this story is ready to be shared with the world. I hope you enjoy the journey and give it some “thought.”
Trust the Journey
June 29, 2017