“If we don’t talk about what’s happening then we’re letting it happen”, says María Elena Lavaud, author of CLARISSA – a novel of domestic violence inspired by true events. After 24 long years, Clarissa has found a way to move past all the abuses and aggressions she had received from both her husband and all the men at courthouses who helped him. The Spanish version has become a play in Miami with overwhelming acceptance from the audience and it has won the International Latino Book award. This resilient story is now available in English for those sensible readers who would like to contribute by sharing the concerning matter that every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman is abused.
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True collaboration is often a strange business and in the case of the “Bizarre Fables”, the collaboration was between husband and wife. Heather would draw and paint, while the plots developed organically. Gary and Heather shared their visions, day after day and night after night, while the owls hooted incessantly from nearby trees and barns.
The plots developed organically, naturally. From Heather came the idea of a gross man who would find himself pregnant, – the theme of “Bread for Toggle”. Also from Heather came the initial idea of a powerful old woman whose soul was captured in a box – a box that was then bound tight with briar. She actually dreamed this, and her husband, Gary, who wrote all the fables, was inspired by her dream. This, of course, was the origin of “Grandma’s Soul”. There were other strange happenings surrounding the genesis of these tales. The story called “The Blossom Maker” was written in just two hours, as if the writer was taking dictation from a spirit.
Simply by looking at the blossom on the trees, together with the experience of being husband and wife during their first spring together, led to stories which needed to be written. In fact, Heather and Gary were so inspired in those days, it is perhaps a valid question to ask why more tales were not created.
We can suppose the only answer is that they came as if by magic, and magic must always have a beginning and an end. Its power is a blessing, but it is finite.
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