Once again I am going to bless the gods of on-line partying because I have come up with a new friend from Twitter. Susan Joyce is joining me today from her home in Uruguay (courtesy of my special author-magic-carpet) and is now sitting in the kitchen about to share some cake. I don’t have maté, Susan but choose a drink (soft or alcoholic, we do everything here.)
A glass of Chardonnay please! Thanks for inviting me to share cake and a drink!
My pleasure. First question that leapt at me was – Uruguay? Come on. How did you end up there and where are you from originally?
No love for maté. Originated on the Pleiades star cluster. Born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up mainly in the Arizona desert foothills near Tucson. We moved here from the mountain town of Patzcuaro, Mexico after the violence got too close for comfort. Our son, now 27, became a target for the corrupt police and cartel.
Your book “The Lullaby Illusion” centres on a woman with a chaotic life-changing series of events. Now I’m only guessing here, but could this be semi-autobiographical? Do tell. I regret to say that I have a copy but have not read it yet.
The Lullaby Illusion is a memoir, not semi- autobiographical; it’s a true story. Everything that happens in the book actually happened to me. Happy to say it won Gold for Best Non-fiction Travel 2014 with Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
It’s about my personal adventures in the Middle East and Europe in the late 60’s-early 80s—from losing a child in childbirth, Cyprus’s bloody coup and war in 1974, a rescue from a sinking ship in the Indian Ocean, learning of my husband’s secret life, and surviving his assault in Belgium. I discover my “ticking clock” is not the child I fail to produce, but rather my creative potential. Following dreams and intuition, I successfully reinvent myself as artist and writer.
When not writing, I’m busy editing books for our publishing company; Peel Productions. We publish educational books for children. I take weekly Spanish classes and walk daily (we live a few blocks from a beautiful sandy beach). When writing, I often take a short nap to dream. Dreaming has always been a big part of my creative process. I call it thinking on a higher level.
What do you like most/least about where you live now? Uruguay is a wonderful place to live for young and old because of the strong family ties. People here are very real. Very gentle. I like that. Least? Having missionaries of any type knock on my door while I am working, or any door to door salespeople. Doesn’t happen often, thank goodness.
Agree with both! If you could choose anywhere in the world, where would you settle down?
I am where I need to be now. Uruguay is the tenth country I have called home. Home is where the heart is and for the moment, Uruguay is a lovely place to call home.
I can’t answer that question myself, if I’m honest.
I’d love to know your answer.
Oh go on then. I adore my tiny village in the foothills of the Alps where I know everyone and it is where my heart is most of the time but I love going back to the UK to visit friends and family. Now let us know your links and please accept my thanks for coming to visit with your extraordinary life story. Here, I’ll wrap the cake up and put it in a tin, you can take it home with you on the magic carpet.
My author website is: http://www.lullabyillusion.com/
My children’s books can be found at http://www.peelbooks.com