Saturday, January 10, 2009
Sally's People are characters I invented for books, short stories and poems. Their creation spans the last three decades of the 20th Century and (so far) the first of the 21st.
Miriam Moses sprang into my mind at some point in the 1990s. I loved her so much that I wrote her whole story in four days of frenzied keyboarding. She finally achieved publication in 2008.
Miriam is a young woman in her late teens or early twenties. She is utterly ordinary and utterly extraordinary. In remission from cancer, she decided quixotically to run the length of Australia for charity. Miriam's odyssey is a picaresque tour of the great continent of Australia, south to north. On her way, she touches the lives of many and diverse characters. Miriam always has an effect on them, but she will never know the ends of their stories. As she runs, outpacing fear, doubts and the dreaded Big C, her lifeline is a tenuous mobile telephone contact with Harry Mercury of Mercury Shoes.
Miriam appears in WILDERNESS, published by Eternal Press in 2008.