As autumn arrives, I get a bit “nesty”, as well as reflective about where the year has brought me thus far. As my awareness turns toward this personal spiritual harvest, I feel closer than ever to the neighborly small town I’m blessed to live in.
When I lived in China’s second largest city for just four short months, I experienced some of the most exciting days of my life, but I also developed a spiritual homesickness I thought I might never get over.
True, my hometown’s no longer the kind where I’d leave my car running when I stop into a store. But it’s still the sort of place where you can dial a wrong number and wind up having an awfully nice chat with whoever’s on the other end. The bonds you form in a place like this are true friendships that have absolutely nothing to do with life’s outer appearances and everything to do with that inner light that glimmers in each life. They are soul connections, as important to genuine life and survival as clean air and water.
This year, my first novel, whose story is embedded in small-town New England life, is finding response from growing numbers of generous readers. I love hearing from you. It’s a rich harvest for my heart when a reader finds that the book’s story, “describes a place in the heart we all want to visit and eventually live in. Where wounded souls can heal and find love again.”
Reader Laurel Sabera wrote, “I finished this book at least a month ago, and I am still fantasizing about taking a trip up to visit Tess and Evan. They have become family to me in my mind.”
Every writer knows what it means when those people you will never meet, but who you live with, often for years, as they unveil their story to you, become as real to readers as they’ve always been to you.
I’ll be at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter with Snow Fence Road Thursday evening, Oct. 3. Do come by and say hello, if you’re in the neighborhood.
Find more information about my author visit at: http://www.waterstreetbooks.com/event/local-author-phyllis-edgerly-ring
More information about the book can be found here: https://phyllisedgerlyring.wordpress.com/make-a-beginning-and-all-will-come-right/