I love that inspiration is like a beautiful cutting taking sometimes years to strike and flourish.
So here is to a little snatch of words with the right tone and emotion begun in 2003, then woven into a verse novel in 2016, doubled under the suggestions of wonderful Kristina and wonderful Vanessa of UQP to now begin the publication process out into bookshops on July 2nd this year! Yah!
Peter Carnavas has re-created Toby visually and his journey of 'Leave Taking'.
The novel was written with a May Gibbs Literature trust fellowship in Brisbane. Sometimes as writers, we need blocks of time to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the novel. Much soul searching, tears and a wonderful feeling of release all came together to propel Toby on his journey.
Recovering from cancer is huge and this is my recovering from breast cancer novel. I hope it inspires many children and families to journey from grief, from changes into a new season of growth and celebration.