Written by Morrine Depolo
Artwork by Morrine Depolo
I’m fortunate to have met Morrine during an online class at UCLA, and it is also where I was privileged to read a small portion of Maggie’s Shadow. Even then, I knew this story was special, and that I wanted to read the entire manuscript once it was finished. Maggie’s Shadow is her first novel.
I’m honored and excited to know Morrine. She’s an inspiring and lovely person to all who are lucky enough to know her. I wish her all the success she deserves.
Now that we are finished with our thanksgiving meals, and are in need of a good book to read, I’m asking you to please support Maggie’s Shadow, by buying a copy today. You won’t be disappointed.
Following is a blurb she wrote for her first presentation of Maggies Shadow at Frazier Park Public Library on November 1, 2014. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to let me know how much you like her book.
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By Morrine Depolo
Last Saturday, November 1st, with snow on the distant mountains and rain in the air, I braved the possible black ice on Mil Potrero to introduce my recently published novel, Maggie’s Shadow, at the Frazier Park Public Library. Being the focus of attention in such a forum was a first for me and I wondered if my nerves would survive the experience. They did, because the individuals who wandered into the Community Meeting Room had friendly smiles and appeared interested in what I had to say, and I especially enjoyed the questions that were posed at the end of my talk and the dialogue we shared as a result.
I love to write and prior to Maggie’s Shadow, I wrote poetry that has been published in local papers and many short stories, winning an award for one in a small writer’s magazine. The thought of writing a novel was intimidating but I wanted to give it a try and it found its inception with the 2010 NaNoWriMo challenge to write fifty thousand words. I wrote somewhat more and a very rough draft of Maggie’s Shadow was born — although the title came later.
The rest of the book was written and revised during my enrollment in the UCLA Extension Creative Writing Program — and one I highly recommend for anyone wanting to pursue their writing dreams under the expert guidance of friendly, knowledgeable and supportive instructors.
With the final manuscript completed earlier this year, I focused on revision and formatting the book along with painting the front cover illustration.
Maggie’s Shadow is a novel about the conflicts between a mother and daughter while it explores the emotional dynamics between family, friends and lovers. After a long absence and some misgivings, Maggie decides to return to her childhood home in the UK. While there, she endeavors to resolve the lifelong difficulties with her mother, claim a promised heirloom denied her, and properly put to rest the loss of her father. Maggie expects to have problems—what she least expects is to open her heart to new friendships. This is an intimate window into the depth of a woman. Revealing and heartfelt, Maggie exposes her inner darkness and shadow cast by irrational fears. With each step of her journey, she uncovers the gifts of love and compassion that provides invaluable insight and lets her own strength shine through.
I was born in the UK and am known to my family and friends as Mo. I completed my college education in the U.S., receiving my undergraduate degree cum laude from UCLA. I moved to the Los Padres Mountains four years ago from Santa Cruz and now live in Pine Mountain Club with my German Shepherd dog, Gaia, and cat Psyche. Many of my friends in the area are more familiar with my work in Frazier Park where I have my own practice as a California Licensed Massage Therapist.
When not writing or playing happily with my two little grandsons, I’m an avid reader. I also love to garden — when the furry four footeds permit things to grow — to paint, create beadwork of semi precious gemstones and to travel, especially to ancient sites like Chichen Itza and archaic European castles and churches, especially those where much is missing and wild flowers grow from their tumbled stones and one’s imagination provides the glory they once had.
I have a second novel planned that presently lies in disordered pile of drafts on my desk and coffee table but a more immediate priority is to get my website morrinedepolo.com up and running. It’s close to becoming public and I plan to publish updates on Maggie’s Shadow and short stories along with blogs on this ‘n that and pictures of those things I find interesting—and hope my readers do too.
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