A Bit of HistoryPrologue - Moss on Stone
Sandra Williams taught Language Arts, World Literature, and Reading/Writing & Research for over twenty-five years at both high school and university levels. Having always written poetry and essays, with several articles published in New View magazine, UK, she has recently published Moss on Stone, a local historical novella based on the diary of Susannah Norwood Torrey, a young woman of mid-nineteenth Rockport, MA.
Sandra loves living on beautiful Cape Ann with her artist husband, Robert www.robertlouiswilliams. Both are inspired by its beauty and its community of creativity. She is a member of the Finish Line writers’ group at the Gloucester Writers Center where she offers group work in poetry and is on the Education Committee.
Time and Tide, a collection of short stories, will be published in the fall of 2017.
About Time and Tide: a collection of short stories, speaks of change— sometimes a long time coming, sometimes in an instant, but always inevitable. The introductory story “Time and Tide” frames the stories that follow. Helen, an American who has been living in Italy, believes her creativity is gone forever as she returns to her childhood home to care for her mother. A curious encounter in a clock shop leads her to a strange experience wherein:
All manner of dark and light beings began to flash and flutter before her—some in images like holographs, their voices heard in whispers and secret thoughts. When they came, they came like a swift, incoming tide, surreal, filled with beauty and sadness, old regrets and new life—all muddled and intertwined as in a dream….She understood them, loved them. She both dreamed their dreams and was in the dreams—hundreds of them, maybe enough to last a lifetime. She would speak as them and for them.
Each subsequent story in the collection, with Helen as conduit, brings into focus the strange alchemy of human experience, distilled through the characters’ longings, illusions and imaginations— bringing forth golden revelations, not only for them, but for the reader as well.