Five years have passed since Lorraine and I first shared a dark chocolate delicacy in a little sidewalk cafe' in Brisbane. It was a very warm week-day afternoon. We were the only ones in the establishment. Our conversation took an unexpected turn when I suggested (or did she suggest) that we write a memoir of our adventures.
Why would we believe anyone care about the planetary adventures of two middle aged women who, our of some sort of boredom, embarked on a Masters degree in wRiting, eDiting, and pUblishing at the University of Queensland?
I'm not sure, but a tinge of narcissism seems a possibility. We both knew we had a knack for writing. Lorraine has a 'wicked' sense of humor (kind of like the Queen's), and I have a wealth of knowledge about the rules. Yeah, her strength is far more saleable than my own, but out of innocence comes all kinds of surprises.
At the end of three years, Lorraine opted out. We had a half a book when we put all our material together and no one in Oz was particularly interested in reading about how two ex-pats ended up married to two Aussie blokes in Queensland.
Had we planted ourselves in Melbourne, we might have had a chance, but Brisbane? Really?!
Not willing to give in to my penchant for beginning without ending, I have endured. My own chapters have morphed into 73,000 words. Currently, the biggest hurdle is creating a first chapter that is intriguing enough to catch the attention of an agent or a publisher..no easy task, it seems.
But, I'm tough and determined.
Here once again is my suggestion for the cover blurb for my paperback. See what you think:
Demi Tryon flees to the mountains to escape memories of her absent mother and abusive father in Bogs of Misunderstanding — High Terrains of Pleasure, a 73,000 word literary fiction. After all, death defying sport can you make you forget most anything.
After facing down a 300 pound bear salivating over her food, she’s decides there’s safety in numbers. Scouring the Internet, she meets Sy, an Australian mountaineer who loves the back country almost as much as she does. And god help her, she likes him, too. Not as a safety-buddy, but for his ridiculous smile and his no-nonsense approach to the world. Sy’s never run from anything. Including her.
The two spar. She accepts his invitation to join him in Australia where her crisis over abandonment creates turmoil. Like the Greek goddess Demeter, her namesake, Demi needs to heal her inner child, the Persephone within, or spend the rest of her life in the dark.
Readers who enjoy midlife-coming-of-age stories that focus on descriptions of natural beauty and personal transformation such as Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak (Nov 1, 2004) and Holly Morris’ Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World (Oct 31, 2006) will find themselves engaged in Demi’s journey.