Author Guest Post With Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her upcoming release, Somewhere To Dream.

 

About The Author:

Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift line-up and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky.
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If only I hadn’t …

 

Regret. It’s a difficult emotion, isn’t it? Wishing you’d done something—or hadn’t done something. They say, “hindsight is 20/20,” but that’s usually of little comfort when it comes to regret.

 

We all have it, though of course there are different levels. For example, I regret having too many lattes lately, and I regret not baking muffins last week so my kids would have a snack in their lunch. I regret not going to the movie theatre to watch the latest action movie, since it wasn’t nearly as good on my tv screen.

 

But what about major regrets? What about not taking the career path you’d once fantasized about? Or what if you did follow that dream, but it wasn’t the right one? What if you falsely accused someone and it ended a friendship? What if you did something so selfish, so hurtful you wish you could erase it altogether?

 

Regret means wishing that poor decision you made could be unmade.

 

When Adelaide’s family suffers horrendous loss, she blames herself. She wonders if she could have saved them had she not been so afraid of the unknown. Her regret turns to shame, and she hides from the world, wishing she could disappear altogether. Eventually she questions her pathetic life, sucks up her courage, and faces those fears. She makes a mistake and nearly reverts again, but when the ultimate moment of decision arrives, she forces herself to be strong. And when she does, well, her life changes in so many ways. I’ll leave it at that for now.

 

There are some things in our lives we cannot change. That’s just a fact. What matters is what we do as we move forward. There will be moments of doubt, you will trip and perhaps fall, but you must get up again. You have to believe there is more to your future than simply wishing you could change the past.

 

Regret is a dangerous, selfish emotion. Let it go. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Because according to the dictionary, the opposite of regret is contentedness, happiness, and satisfaction. I’d like to add a word to that: the opposite of regret in my mind … is hope.

 

1370255987Title: Somewhere To Dream
Author: Genevieve Graham
Publication Date: November 5, 2013

From Genevieve Graham, author of Sound of the Heart, comes the tale of two strangers living with the Cherokee—one with a warrior’s heart; the other with deadly dreams…The Cherokee call her Shadow Girl. A white woman adopted by Indians, Adelaide is haunted by the dark dreams she hides—of her murdered family, of the men she fears, and most of all, of the ones that foretell the future. After her visions cause her to make a terrible mistake, she renounces her power and buries her dreams deep in her soul.

Until Jesse Black is captured by the tribe. His life is spared because the Cherokee believe his warrior spirit belongs to their fallen brother. Though he hates all Indians, Adelaide illuminates their way of life for him, just as he shines light into her shadowed heart. But when her dreams return, Jesse must help her face them…or die trying…

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