The Greatest Love Affair of All (Part 3)

Continuation of The Greatest Love Affair of All (Part 1 and 2)

I rewrote The Maze nine times before I was happy with it. When I first wrote it, everything was based in England and there were only seventy or so pages. In 1989 though, I moved to Sweden. One of the main characters became Swedish and all of a sudden, boundless ideas came my way. I was amazed, not because I thought I was writing the best book in the world, but because I was actually writing a book. I wasn’t out to prove anything to anybody, except myself. I was doing what I set out to do. My goal was to write a book, and I was writing a book. At the same time, I was compiling my poems into an anthology. I divided them up into four parts, four chapters, Love, War, Food for Thought and, A Little Bit of Fun. I was twenty-five years of age, wrote my first poem at the age of fifteen. I aptly entitled the anthology, Ten Years of The Heart. I was also spending huge amounts of time reading dictionaries, learning new, descriptive words all the time.

When The Maze was complete, I began The Blood Tree. By this time though, I had grown interested in the native people of Sweden. They are the Sami people, also spelled Sámi or Saami; are the Arctic indigenous people of Sápmi which today covers parts of far northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula. I began making Saami friends, attending Saami meetings, learning everything I could about them. Once I had the information I deemed necessary, I began writing a book about them. I also began another book. I was now writing three books at the same time, moving from one to the other, as I felt fit. Writing took me over, totally consumed me. I lived, breathed and dreamed the written word, was an addict. I was addicted to something else once upon a time, but it certainly wasn’t writing.

I began sending my work off to various publishers, although I hadn’t really thought in depth about which ones I should send to. Most of them wrote back, some saying they liked my work, but were not taking manuscripts at that time and others saying, they liked my ideas but were unable to help. Some appeared genuinely interested and even asked me to contact them the following year. I didn’t. I had long since found myself in some sort of no-man’s-land, my body firmly in my new life, my thoughts lost within the depths of my old life. I was having nightmares, feeling terrible, but having nobody to talk with about my problems. Besides, help costs money and I didn’t have two pennies to rub together. On top of everything, I soon discovered I was to become a father, my girlfriend was pregnant. It caused such mixed emotions. On the one hand, I had always wanted to become a father and on the other, I wasn’t even sure if I could take care of myself, let alone a child.

On Monday, part 4 of The Greatest Love Affair of All will post.

We have exciting news to share with you. This Saturday, West Central Tribune will be doing a video of Gavin and Rosie promoting area voices. They will air this soon; be on the look out!  Have a good weekend and see you Monday :)

Gavin

 

10 thoughts on “The Greatest Love Affair of All (Part 3)

  1. I’m so happy that you never gave up on the talent God gave you. You are amazing!!! As I was reading part 3, I had a vision of you sitting in a small room with tons of notes laying here and there. What a vision with three books in the works.. talk about notes every where. :) I’m totally engulfed in reading more of your work. I’ve got to get my Gavin collect going. :) Sitting on the edge of my chair and hoping Monday comes tomorrow. :)

  2. I almost did, Trudy. I remember throwing out a huge box full of book ideas and scenes and I remember a friend of mine, telling me I would regret it someday. Believe me, I regret it today. I had just become a single parent though and my son was my number one back then. He still is, although writing really is a close second:)

  3. I don’t necessarily think education comes from education but from life itself. Keep up the good work and never stop writing, Gavin. Come back to America soon. I was at your events and you inspired myself and grandsons! They are only twelve and still talk about your events. Your Sweet Conclusion site here is an extension of you and Rosie … I think it is fabulous!

    • Wow, I hope to meet Gavin this next time around. He truly is an inspiration to the youth and many of us adults. His writings are so vivid, they pull the reader in as if they are living the story, first hand.

    • No, it certainly isn’t. An education means a good job, but it’s all theory. To do a good job, one has to have it in the heart, not just in the head. I have worked with children for over twenty years and have had fantastic results. I get through to them because I care, not because I went to school to learn how to do the job. You are quite right, Marlene. I am so pleased I was able to inspire both you and your grandsons while in the States. That’s what make my job and life so worthwhile. Thank you:)

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