I have a special guest today, who is sharing her journey of love, resistance and conviction. You may remember Angela Guidolin from The Story Behind the Story series I ran last year. Here’s another story from her: the story behind her new novella Across Spacetime.
When seventeen years ago a tarot reader told me I would write a book, I didn’t know what to make of it. For the previous two years I’d been struggling with a crippling pain in the upper part of my body, especially in my wrists. My GP had sent me to yoga classes and to a few practitioners, then told me that I was suffering from repetitive strain injury and there was nothing she could do for me. It could only get worse. Would I really be able to write a book? And what would I write about, exactly?
My first priority was to heal, nothing was more important at that time. As I couldn’t count on my GP, I started the journey to recovery on my own. At 30, I couldn’t accept her diagnosis!
I tried many alternative and complementary therapies. Each one helped me a little. One healer, though, gave me the key to go back to health by lending me a book by Louise Hay, “You can heal your life.” It blew my mind because it connected diseases with thought patterns. Muscles problems, for example, are linked to resistance to new experiences, and my resistance derived from an idea of success imposed to me by society.
Holding an Italian first degree in Business Economics, I was expected to be in a glamorous job and climb the social ladder. Being and immigrant in London, reality was different. Nobody was interested in my degree because I had no experience, so the only jobs offered to me were jobs I considered menial and felt frustrated after a while.
If I wanted to be happy and healthy, though, I had to ditch the conviction that success equals high social status and choose success equals what makes me happy. I had to focus on my internal expectations and not the ones society had inculcated in me. Problem was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do!
So I just went with the flow. I agreed to follow my husband to France and run a coffee shop with him. When our daughter was born we moved to Italy to stay near my parents. We were scared she would be alone in a foreign country if something happened to both of us.
In Italy I worked in the family business using my degree, at last. On the one hand, I was happy to finally be in a job that challenged me, on the other I soon realised that it wasn’t for me. My soul longed for something more meaningful, in line with my core values. I wanted to help people somehow. I had trained as Spiritual Healer back in London, but understood that I wasn’t meant to work as a healer. The search for my calling was still on.
In those four years I was working and looking after our daughter with some help from my mum. I was in pain most of the time and I felt lonely, because my husband didn’t stay for long. He soon relocated in the South of England and opened another coffee shop with a partner.
In 2008 I felt it was the right time to start writing the book the tarot reader had told me I would write.
Among the genres, I chose science fiction. I consider it applied philosophy and sociology, played out in a safe environment. The process of writing was slow going, as I had little time to dedicate to this project and so much to learn. After settling down in the South of England I attended Creative Writing courses and my health improved, although slowly.
My passion for writing blossomed. I started to believe that I could make it as a writer and I felt that I had found my calling at last.
Eventually, I abandoned that first story and wrote another one, Homecoming, which was published three years ago. When I read the acceptance email from the magazine I cried for five minutes. I couldn’t believe it. Somebody else liked my story as much as I did!
This success encouraged me to write the science fiction novella Across Spacetime, whose presale starts on 3rd February and sale on 31st March 2017.
This story is about how I met my husband and my personal experience of standing up for what I feel is the right thing to do.
The main characters are Samir, who is a Terran, and Beatrice, who is a Progressive (human created and bred in the outer Solar System). They are time travellers from the future and they meet in London in 1995. For their love story to work out they must overcome their own prejudice and change their own expectations from life.
My journey is by no means over, but I’m happy where I’m now, in a town I love, writing science fiction and inspiring my readers!
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