This letter was originally sent to the Occasional Knitters Society facebook group, Friday November 5, 2010.
|the Birth House at night.|
Hello from my little house by the Bay!
On this rainy, blustery November day, I thought I'd send you a long overdue note. Settled in the nook off my kitchen (once the birthing room in this old house) I've got a cup of hot tea, and my trusty, but sook of a yellow Lab, Ponyo by my side. Life is good.
I'm writing for a couple of reasons, but more than anything I wanted to take a minute to say "thank-you" - for your messages, your comments, your stories, your readership, your patience, and above all, your kindness.
I can't tell you how many times a slow, challenging day of writing, (or life) has been made better by your words. Writing The Virgin Cure has been an amazing journey, but it hasn't always been easy. Although the idea for the novel came long ago, (it's a story I always wanted to write for my mother,) bringing it to the page has felt frightening and freeing all at once.
This writing life constantly surprises me - bringing me to truths I'd found easier to ignore, showing me parts of myself I never knew existed.
I know that getting this tale to you has taken longer than expected and I'm sorry for that. (Creativity and publishing dates are both slippery little buggers ;-) I hope you'll stick with me and stay tuned for the duration...I promise there will be much more to share, soon.
In the meantime, I want you to know how grateful I am to all of you for passing The Birth House to friends and family, hand to hand. I never imagined that so many people would take my words to heart!
For those of you who don't know, The Birth House recently made CBC Radio's "Canada Reads" top 40 essential novels of the decade list. What an honour!
They are currently holding an online vote for the top 10, and readers (wherever you might live) can cast your vote for The Birth House at the Canada Reads website,
Canada Reads Top 10 essential novels of the Decade
The deadline for voting is midnight ET - Sunday, Nov. 7.
Thanks to all who have already voted and have been spreading the word via FaceBook, blogs and Twitter!!!
I hope you're having a glorious autumn (it's my favourite time of year) and that you're cozied up with many good books and cups of tea!
With gratitude and best wishes,
Ami (and Ponyo too ;-)