Meet Yola – The Writer
One of my greatest passions in life is to write. Early mornings, when the world around me is still slumbering, when silence can be communed with with ease, bring me to a state of contemplation that has long since served as a foundation to discover and express who I am.
Pen and paper accompanied me wherever I went. I often told myself, when times were rough, if I was left with only my writing tools, all would be well, that all is well. For years my relationship with writing was kept on a private page, never intending to be shared with the world. Writing as a means to discover deeper pathways into my Self felt like an intimate journey that was never meant to be shared.
What I did not realize is that over the years of disciplined musings, of showing up on the page, and nurturing my inner voice, the magic of writing was also working on me. I was planting seeds into a deep creative mystery, with no intention to do much with this seeding aside from being deeply grateful I could commune with this source of beauty, wisdom and inspiration that exists in all of us. The great creative mystery was checking me out all of this time, and in a way, preparing me for what was to come.
Although I’ve always known that as long as I lived I would be drawn to the page, I never imagined I would have it in me to write novels. Until a dear friend introduced me to November National Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is an annual internet-based creative writing project which encourages participants to write 50000 words in 30 days. My first reaction was to tell myself I could never do that. Then a cheeky part of me blurted out; “Really? You don’t think it is possible? Now you must do it.” And that was it. My curiosity and a deep fire within had been summoned. I signed up, made the word count, and enjoyed every painful and ecstatic moments of writing my first novel, Remember Me.
I have grown to realize that writing is an extension of who I am, and a means to be of service to the heart and soul of humanity. My job is to show up on the page, and allow great mystery find a way to reach you through the blessing of words. ~ Yola
Remember Me – A Novel
Betrayed, Carmen saw her life come crashing down. Her world would never be the same. But in the midst of chaos and suffering, she discovered her most powerful ally…
“I am Carmen Agnes Sirota. If you had told me one day I would write a story like Remember Me, I never would have believed you. But here it is. And here I am. There isn’t a moment that goes by that I don’t think about it. Sometimes I wish I could still be there, to learn more, to listen, to experience the living soul of Mother Earth all over again. At least I took the time to write it down. I encourage you to read on and discover its wisdom and magic for yourself.” – Carmen
The Hymns to the Beloved is a collection of poems about the yearning for mystical love – the lover’s search for the most intimate expression of love. Often love is not what we expect it to be, and the road to discovering real love can be arduous. Many seek it, look for it and desire it, yet who is prepared to pay the price of such love? Few have the stamina of soul to withstand the bonfire of love. Yet no matter who we are, we all must embark on the journey love takes us on. It is impossible to escape because love’s call is one of the most powerful drawing forces in the universe.
Yola writes what needs to be written. Her writing is an art through which she not only tells stories and elucidates wisdom, but she also has the rare ability to merge with the reader in ways that carry both on a journey of discovery as the story unfolds. When I read her writing, it’s not that I’m just with Yola reading her words, it’s more like I’m activating new senses that I have no words for…yet..as the world becomes more alive and experience becomes more rich.