Friday, November 2, 2012

Meet Virginia Alison

A couple days ago Virginia Alison asked to join my writing group on Facebook. As is my habit with both my groups, I go to the profile to make sure they are some kind of fit. For my writing group, the potential member needs to at least want to write. Now, mind you, erotica is not my kind of writing, but I just adore a good muse tale. Virginia is a prolific writer; take a look at her website for a long list of stories. I certainly will.

Here's how she came to be where she is today.

~~~~~~~~~~

Where to start? The question is the easy bit; the answer is still unknown.

The Heaven Scent Trilogy is the culmination of a year's work, which all started with a poem. In July 2011, I met a Cowboy online, from Texas and yes, one of those meetings where you feel you have known this person all your life. Three weeks later he sent me a poem called –On Finding Someone– by Joel Nelson, the Cowboy Poet, and I immediately saw a story in it.

If on some better than average day 
I should be riding along 
 Observing—not expecting—well maybe 
And should see just as hoof swept by 
One flawless arrow point 
If on that bright shining morning 
I should step down to lift this point 
Turning it delicately—feeling its smoothness 
Beneath my fingertips 
I would marvel at its perfection 
At the way some ancient one 
Had tempered and crafted such beauty 
At how it came to lie there 
All these centuries—covered—uncovered 
Re-hidden—re-exposed 
Until it came to me 
To happen by this place 
On this day made now more perfect. 
And I would ponder such things 
As coincidence and circles and synchronicity, 
And I would pocket this treasure near my heart, 
And riding on I would recall 
Having seen such treasure as this elsewhere 
But not this one—not this one. 
And for one brief moment I would stiffen with fear 
At how one quick glance in another direction 
Could have lost this to me forever, 
And I would touch my shirt over my heart 
Just to make sure. 

With permission of © 1998, Joel Nelson 

I began writing and the ‘chapters’ just poured out, and ten days later I had over 20,000 words, at which point said Cowboy disappeared. I duly put the short story onto my website, Breathless Nights Erotica, which I co-own with Keith David – my writing partner of three years. Then I started writing something different. Within a month an editor I knew from Facebook, messaged me and suggested I make the short story into a novel. It took me about two weeks to look at it again, but eventually thought ‘what the heck, in for a penny, in for a pound.’ (Good old English idiom haha) Removing the last 1000 words to keep for the ending, I began filling in the middle.

It took until September to complete the novel. When finished, I decided that the book would benefit from having the poem printed in the front so set about finding the poet. It did not take long and after a few emails and phone calls, he kindly agreed to let me use the poem in the book. Joel also suggested that I attend the ‘Cowboy Poetry Festival’ in Alpine Texas at the end of February. That thought appealed even though I live on a little speck in the Atlantic Ocean known as Madeira Island – over 5000 miles away! Needless to say, not only did I attend the event, I also wrote two more books before I left for the USA, which made up the trilogy.

The Festival was an emotional time. I felt as if I belonged in that little Cowboy town situated in the middle of nowhere in West Texas. During my time there, I discovered all sorts of coincidences pertaining to the book. I described places I had never seen, people I had never met; it all became a little spooky. By the time I got back on the coach five days later, I had decided to buy a house there.

I arrived back on the island and this is where things went downhill. I asked my husband of thirty-two years for a divorce and put my house up for sale. My friends thought I had lost my mind, my family thought I was having a midlife crisis.

In July, I returned to Alpine with my daughter and mother in tow. They understood why I loved the place, which was a bonus, and have supported me with my decisions. Joel and his wife are now great friends and I look forward to returning there soon.

So here I am, my life turned upside down because of a poem. I published the first book on Amazon on 31 October, and hope to finish editing the other two and put them out before Christmas. Something is telling me to do this, I do not know why; I am just going with the flow.

They say people come into your life for a reason. The unknown cowboy who sent me the poem did just that. However, the person I owe everything to is Keith, I could not have done this without his constant nagging, poking and support. A fourth book is now on its way, based on another of Joel’s poems called ‘The men who ride no more’. I wonder where this one will take me…


Don't you just love a good Cowboy poem? Stop over and say hi to Virginia; she's a real sweetie.


7 comments:

Jacqui said...

Sounds like a good fit. I wonder if you'd take a post to tell us about your FB writing group (or did I miss it).

Debra said...

Hi Virginia! Thanks for this great introduction and the cowboy poem!

Sarah Butland said...

Wonderful story of love and loss. What a risk you took to leave the known behind for the unknown, and rejoicing in what it offered.

Thanks for writing and reading,

Sarah Butland
author of Arm Farm, Brain Tales - Volume One and Sending You Sammy

Virginia Alison said...

Hi Jacqui...
No I do not have a writing group, merely a website. Instead people like Anna honour me, allowing me in their groups.

Hi Debra.....
Yes, It's not something that many people have heard about. Cowboy poetry is in the revival stage. The idea being that the only thing these boys had were their memories to relate tales, songs and poetry as they sat around the campfires after a long day's work. If you ever get a chance to go to a festival, you will find it worth while.

Thank you so much Sara. One day I will find out why I did it hahaha...

Thank you for your comments and have a great day <3

William Kendall said...

A pleasure to meet you, Virginia!

Jacqui said...

Have you ever considered doing NaNoWriMo? It sounds like you could almost do 50K words, properly motivated (a feat I'm succinctly impressed with).

Michael Rodgers said...

VIRGINIA IS AGREAT PERSON A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND ALSO AMAZING ARTIST..SHE HAS SO MANY PASSIONS FOR LIFE AND THE ENTERTAINMENT OF OTHERS ...AND OH YES I THINK SHE WRITES ALSO ...:) ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NEVER MET SHE IS A LONG TIME FRIEND, AND THE CHAMPION OF SO MANY WORTHY CHARITYS OT THERE SO GUYS AND GIRLS GIVE HER YOUR WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT..I DO !!!