Off to the Amazon…..
I want Jabujicaba to take readers on a journey. Not only to Brazil, but to the very heart of the country – its people and its forests. The purpose of this journey is to ask questions – big questions, like who we are in this world?
Many of the characters in the novel have to make sense of their individual pasts to discover their place in society. They search for friendship and love. They work out the natural and just order of things and find their courage to change what is wrong and put it right. This quest for connection and purpose is nothing new – it is the core of many myths and legends.
In Jabujicaba, the goal is a fairer and more equal world, the restoration of a natural order of which humans are only a part. It is the challenge I believe mankind faces now, in our real world. But finding our way to a better place is not an intellectual process. It is an emotional one – about belonging, connecting, feeling compassion and love.
This emotional quest is why I have chosen to write a novel to communicate my message. Through stories we can connect with others in a visceral way. We can discover deeper realities. New insights and strengths.
There are many colourful and complex characters in Jabujicaba. As we grow to know them, we discover their strengths and weaknesses. Their challenges become our problems. Their triumphs become our successes. And by the time we reach the end of Jabujicaba, we know them so well that we ask ourselves: what is fictional and what is real? If they can make the world a better place – why can’t we?
That is the power of story-telling – it enables us to pose old questions and imagine new solutions and role models to show us a better way.
Jabujicaba is a redemption myth – Brazil is an allegory about our world. The rainforest is nature. Every characters is part of us. So I love it when readers come back to ask me questions about the ‘Truth’. Sparking such curiosity is what I set out to do! One of the most common questions is about the Xana Indians – are they real?
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(In buying your copy of Jabujicaba, you too are supporting Brazil’s rainforest. All royalties from the book are pledged to conservation work, supporting World Land Trust and REGUA Durrell Conservation Trust and Isle of Wight Zoo)