Thanks to Roda Hardy You connected me with Chick Yoyle so we could stay together to talk about Chick’s latest book.
Stayed with Chick Will
Welcome to Linda’s Bookcase Chick. Thank you for agreeing to stay with me.
Thank you for inviting me. It’s never hard to stay in it and share the company of a book lover.
I wholeheartedly agree with this chick! Tell me, which of your books did you bring to share tonight and why did you choose it?
I brought my sixth and final novel Talking to Califa Cumberland. And I chose it for several reasons. The most obvious is that this is a Christmas story and the season of goodwill will come soon. So it seems like a good choice for an evening by the fireplace towards the end of November.
It does. Tell me more.
But I also chose it because it represents a new challenge for me. This was the first time I wrote in the first person As a woman Which included my acquaintance with aspects of life in which, as a man only, I have no direct personal experience in them. Part of my ‘research’ was to ask one of my daughters a series of questions to which she replied with a nod, ‘Dad, I’ll answer this, but only once. And never ask me again! ‘So I’m particularly interested in talking about the book in the company of a woman reading.
It must have been no small challenge. What made you choose to write from a female perspective?
Not only the technical writing challenge attracted me to the main character and subject. It was also that I wanted to try to get into the experience of what it’s like to be a woman in what is still often a ‘world of men’. And I think this is my little protest against misogyny that is still too prevalent in our culture.
it’s wonderful. So unfortunate that we still have to deal with issues like misogyny and racism.
What can we expect west with Talking to Califa Cumberland?
Well, I hope the first thing found is a compelling and compelling story.
The plot takes us through a series of Christmas Eve from 1976 to 2019, with Lori Bloom negotiating the ups and downs of life. Klifa Cumberland is her imaginary childhood friend who remains present in adulthood and becomes the imaginary recipient of Lori’s thoughts in a diary in which she writes down her thoughts and documents her hopes and fears. This is very much a story about the need for friendship.
That sounds very interesting.
But I also wanted to explore the power of the imagination for better or worse, not only as a creative force in art and literature, but as being at the heart of every belief we cling to, what values we seek to live, and whatever. A future we want for ourselves and the world around us. And the whole thing is an acknowledgment that life is about losing and finding, about getting lost and being found.
Oh yes. I think we need to refocus on our individual ability to create good in the world. I have Talking to Califa Cumberland Accepted so far?
Here are some comments from early readers that really encouraged me:
“A beautifully crafted story, I got completely lost in it and found myself forgetting that a female’s words in all its highs and lows were written by a man …”
‘Wow. which book! I loved all your books but it … I say it again. Wow! Thanks for writing this.
Guys, can I highly recommend talking to Califa Cumberland as something that should just be among the books you must read! ‘
These are such wonderful comments Chick. You must be happy.
In any case, here is an excerpt from the book – one of the entries in Lori’s diary after a major operation:
Well, I’ve lost a lot in the last few months. Half of my face, for starters – with a long scar that will remind me of it every day of my life from now on. And of course, I lost every chance to give birth, to be a mother, to see a child I gave life to grow – although even without the diagnosis of cancer, the combination of endometriosis (so far) the years go by too fast, and my bad luck and bad judgment in love matters made me know the chances Diminishing rapidly. These are real and painful losses. But, despite all this, as someone I once do not remember his name once said, there is still a lot left. I’m still alive. I’m still a woman. I’m still Lori Bloom. There are still people who love me. And I’m still writing you these letters!
And I think I’m learning more and more that life and loss go hand in hand. To live is to lose. Some of the people who were important in my life died, many of my memories faded, half of my life was over. But, for better or worse, I am who I am because of everything that happened and everything I lost.
I guess I really knew it since that Christmas Eve at Kendro’s department store all those years ago. You were a constant reminder that loss and – for lack of a better word – loss is always there. But now I dare to hope that alongside the sadness of loss may be the joy of finding something of what was lost and even the hope of discovering things I did not know existed.
Thank you for giving me some space to ponder and confuse it all.
Your girlfriend, Lori
I love this piece. It really made me want to read Talking to Califa Cumberland.
What else did you bring and why did you bring it?
I took the liberty to bring a bag containing four things without which I fear writing would be impossible for me – a bag of coffee beans, my grinder, my temperature control kettle and my great European coffee machine – the simplest but most efficient coffee machine ever invented and the best 30 pounds That anyone can ever spend.
Oh, now, I’m drinking tea. How does coffee help you write?
Here is my coffee making ceremony before I settle down to write.
First I grind the beans. Only fresh coffee will fit.
Then I put a heaping tablespoon of coffee into the plane
I then heat the kettle to exactly 80 degrees – the optimal temperature for making coffee, pours the water into Europe just up to the mark
After all that, it was time to press the plunger, allowing the coffee to flow gently into my cup
And finally, happily and slowly, I sip my coffee and relish the surge that improves life, sharpens the brain, of caffeine
Now I can deal with the hard but addictive work of writing.
Let me make you some now!
In fact, Chick, you’re making yourself coffee and as soon as I give Linda’s Bookcase Readers have a few more details on Talking to Califa CumberlandI’m going to make myself a jug of tea and we can chat some more. Thank you so much for staying with me tonight. I think I’m going to love reading Talking to Califa Cumberland.
Talking to Califa Cumberland
It’s four-thirty on Christmas Eve, 1976. Lori Bloom, three-quarters and three-quarters of an hour, leaves a department store laden with her mother when the Tani announces that a child at the reception is lost and cries over her parents.
The impact on Lori is immediate. ‘Shell Cumberland’, the mysterious girl with blond hair and a strange name, becomes an imaginary company and a constant presence in adulthood. For when one Christmas follows, Lori finds herself dealing with painful questions and needs a companion she can trust.
But will there ever be someone Lori can trust completely?
And will Christmas Eve ever be about searching and being, instead of losing and getting lost?
Published by the Immediate Messenger on October 22, 2021, Talking to Califa Cumberland Available for purchase through the links Here.
About Chick Will
Chick Yoyle is an avid communicator and works as a freelance broadcaster, speaker and writer. He is the author of six novels. He currently shows faith, hope and love every Friday on Premier Christian Radio. In addition, he has the dubious distinction of being the only Christian speaker to be featured at the tenth anniversary climax of Jeremy Kyle’s show. But this is a story in itself!
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