I would like to take a moment to send a note of gratitude to my colleagues who sit down in front of their computer, who like me are on a passionate quest, for their voices to be heard.
The Universe has sent me angels to keep me focused, to keep me motivated to forge ahead, my designer pen close, fingers tap, tap, tapping away on a literary battlefield.
My first encounter with a published author was here in Bali.
Deborah Craylon, author of award winning Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures was holding a one day tutorial, Deb called her class Writing from the Heart.
That day four years ago in Bali was a pivotal moment in my life long dream to publish my story.
It was the day I started believing in myself as a writer, it was also a day I made a new friend.
My next encounter was online. I was curious about a friend of a friend who was the author of erotic fiction.
I was in awe of anyone who had published a book, however three books in the Lost Woman Series is impressive.
I decided to download the first book titled Awakening the Lost Woman. I was totally engrossed, Anna’s writing was compelling, I couldn’t get enough. I was turning page after page wondering what would happen next in the life of the fabulous Aussie Character Christina Maxwell.
After reading all three books, I made contact. To my utter surprise I knew Anna, I worked with her many years ago when I was married to my first husband and living close to her in inner city Melbourne.
Making contact with Anna was yet another turning point in my life as a writer, we quickly become friends and co-conspirators on the quest for our voices to be heard. I feel privileged to have reunited with Anna this year sitting on the deck of her fabulous home, overlooking the cosmopolitan Melbourne skyline.
I did wonder though if it was the exact house she described when her character Christina also renovated her trendy Melbourne home.
The next connection came via Tri Sandhya Villa. When I first met Doroit d’Scarlett she was looking rather sombre. I actually wondered why anyone would come on holiday to Bali and look so miserable.
I soon discovered that her only son was missing in Nepal, she had just been filmed by Western Australian Television before boarding a flight to Bali. I was sitting quietly listening to Doroit’s story, then she connected to the wifi and discovered that her son was back online and safe.
Doroit is also a writer and blogger. Besides being a fun, intelligent woman she also has a very interesting surname. The name Scarlett is obviously one of my obsessions… emm?
Doroit has already completed her debut fictional book and is now at the dreaded editing stage.
We became online buddies, encouraging each other whilst we sat for hours and hours tapping away at our computers.
Okay what came next? Yes it was an old school buddy, Nicole Abbatangelo re entered my world via Facebook. Nicole’s battle with Cancer is written with a raw and sometimes humorous flare through her blog titled the brutal truth….
I am in love with Nicole’s writing talent, her courage to scribe on such a deep emotional level give’s me goose bumps, even now as I write my own blog.
Nicole’s yearning for Ubud, Bali and her connection through a mutual acquaintance is another divine intervention on the Road that leads to the solidarity of writers. It was a real compliment when Nicole in boxed me last week advising me that she had read Scarlett Voices In the Shadows in one sitting and that she loved my story.
Okay what came next? Oh yes it was my investigating and obsessing over all things related to the Oprah Brand.
I discovered through Instagram that the Oprah Magazine’s Style Director, Christine Mulhearne writes a blog titled, Style Me Sassy. Of course I read the blog and instantly became a fan. Goose bumps again… is that a sign?
Christine is not only The Style Director of O Magazine she is also a blogger and single Mum to a gorgeous boy by the name of…. wait for it… James.
Christine is also a Pisces just like myself, her fun sense of adventure and positive outlook reminds me of me actually. Christine is a dynamic woman reaching for dreams, working hard with a kind and loving outlook.
Okay, while we are on the #Oprah topic another name popped up in my sleuth investigation and quest to meet with the Queen.
I discovered another Aussie author, who like me is obsessed with all things Oprah. I will say though that Juliette Power has one thing up on me. She has been on a cruise to Alaska with not only #Oprah and #Gayle, but with an entire ship full of published authors and creative minds including Christine.
I am currently reading Juliette’s memoir titled Juliette’s Angel and enjoing every minute of her self discovery whilst climbing Mount Everest with her daughter Bonnie. I am particularly enjoying the flashbacks which are so Australian and so very familiar.
Being a member of the Ubud Writers Group has given me the opportunity to meet a talented group of inspirational men and women who are bloggers, journalists and published authors.
I have to pinch myself to believe I have become friends and colleagues with such an accomplished group of writers from a vast range of genres.
I would like to sign off this blog with a quote that Christine posted on her Instagram page recently that motivated me to write this little blog.
Have a great week.
Sharon Karyasa © 2017
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