Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details


“Local author” life

IMG_4080My thanks to editor Rebecca Skane of Portsmouth Review for the interview she offered me this month.

And my gratitude to Stef Kiper Schmidt at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH, for including me in this month’s visiting-authors calendar, AND creating such a wonderful window display for The Munch Girl!

waterlogoIf you’re near enough on the evening of Wednesday, March 23, come by and say hello and hear a little of the story behind the book.


Meanwhile, here are a few questions from Portsmouth Review:


424What is the most critical piece of advice you would give to new authors?

Be unceasingly willing to persevere, learn, and come to understand just what part of your inner blueprint your work most truly wants to represent, and how the process itself brings you closer to that reality, i.e. creativity and spirit want to shape each other, and us.

Coming up with a title can be difficult. Tell me how you came up with yours.

It came once I’d seen the rendering of the book’s cover, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t understood earlier what it had to be. Munich’s the place that unites the lives of all three main characters, instantly conveys the story’s German atmosphere, and was, at heart, the way Eva Braun saw herself – reflected in some of her very last words: a Munich girl. The subtitle helped round out the story’s deeper themes: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War.

Find the interview here: http://portsmouthreview.com/interview-local-author-phyllis-edgerly-ring/

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Heart’s harvest — one writer’s grateful season

a "classic" colored one

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. IMG_2706The 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.

Snow Fence Road CoverThis small-town writer feels a wonderful sense of full-circle gratitude as a visit to my wonderful local bookstore looms on the horizon.

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/