The IMPOSSIBILITY OF WATERS
ABOUT THE BOOK
"The ocean arrived in a box..."
Gumboot stomping, one-hundred-and-three-year-old Willa Waters, Silver Willa, received an unusual box when she was a child with the label: One Ocean: Plant in the backyard. Once planted, an extraordinary garden grew creating a time-slip where Silver Willa now meets herself as eight-year-old, Little Girl and thirty-three-year-old, Middle Willa.
Silver Willa is forgetful and muddled, but she wants to protect Little Girl and has grave concerns for Middle Willa’s worsening mental health in the aftermath of her childhood abuse. When Silver Willa blunders into the gravesite of her thirty-three-year-old self, she alone can alert Middle Willa to the future possibility of her own suicide. Somewhere in Silver Willa’s deteriorating mind is the key to helping Middle Willa embrace Little Girl so she can confront the lies her father told about her childhood. But Silver Willa is also struggling against her well meaning daughter who wants to move her into a nursing home and away from the garden and the only way to find and save Middle Willa.
THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF WATERS is set in Boonah, Australia, where I reside, and draws from my own experiences of healing from trauma by nurturing and embracing the little girl I once was. The story is told in alternating point-of-view chapters from the three main characters: Silver Willa, Middle Willa and Little Girl.
My writing has appeared in Mused Literary Review and MOPS Australia.
I am currently long listed for the Mslexia 2017 Novel Competition.