From the Author
My poems and artwork are a product that came into being as a direct result of listening. There were no intricate schemes involved. No wondering if I was getting it right. No need for worries or for doubt. Nothing lay between myself and the emotion put into my craft. Listening has afforded me diversity, understanding and a deeper knowledge of myself and others. Sharing naturally completes the process. I thank you all. The four years spent compiling this book have likely been the most challenging years to date in my life. At this time I would like to acknowledge and thank those who have supported, cajoled, laughed, danced, listened and cried with me along the way. Big thanks to those I have met from all parts of the world who educated and charmed me as well as those who joined me in my adventures if only in their imaginations and in my heart. While they may have been the most challenging times I feel certain they will also be held in my memory as being some of the most fulfilling. This idea of this book at inception was triggered by a quote that said, (translated) "I cracked my heart for every time I laughed in my life" ... a statement that ended with: "In spite of all that I love life." - Of which I thought - Hey! That sounds like me!
About the Author
'5 Pillars of the Gypsy' is my latest release which combines art and verse and stands as a mixture of spiritualism and emotion. As a volunteer with Literacy Unlimited I support and encourage education as a way to break barriers too, through knowledge and understanding. The adventurous laid back spirit in me has enabled me to become very adaptable to a variety of enjoyable experiences and delight in every one of them. My biggest pleasures are my biggest motivators. 'Prom Girls: A North American Rite of Passage' is my first book. Having gained valuable experience through my first publication has provided the ground work and motivation for her upcoming books. My second book,' All I Want for Christmas Is a Wishmas Tree', tackles the ever more present problem of families integrating into a different culture and still retaining their own. My third book is 'Hey Angel!' (www.hey-angel.com) which is an early reader that focuses on self-esteem. It is written in rhyme and has quickly become a favourite with the very young and their parents. Young readers along with their parents are invited to the accompanying website to 'ask the Angel' a question which is then answered on the site. I can be found on Twitter @gypsyles, LinkedIn, Google+. I take delight in making new friends in our ever changing world.