"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else." - Gloria Steinem
I've been a storyteller my whole life, but I didn't have the courage to pursue writing as a vocation until a few years ago. Before I could physically form letters with a pen, I was inventing stories to tell to my loved ones. I consider my first book to be the one I wrote for a school assignment in Bournemouth when I was seven years old. It was about a squirrel who lost his hat.
My first grownup book is a poetry collection, Spinning Hair Into Gold, which I published in 2019. It hasn't reached a huge audience, but the people who do discover it often reach out to me to express their appreciation for it. It warms my heart to know that there are kindred spirits out there who are moved and inspired by my writing.
My current project is a fantasy novel. It's my second novel, and hopefully will be my first published novel. I won't go into too many details about it at this time, but it explores themes of love, loss, magic, and community. It’s inspired by the selkie stories from my spirit (and ancestral) home in Britain.
When I'm not writing, I can be found in the woodland behind my countryside home in upstate New York, chasing after my son, foraging for wild edibles, discovering fairy rings, or breaking up fights between the rooster and one of the hens. Oh, and as someone who grew up in Britain, of course I drink endless cups of tea every day.
Welcome. I'm so glad you are here. Sit down with a nice cuppa, and enjoy your visit to my website.
Fairy Tale Poetry
Spinning Hair Into Gold is a poetry book containing magical poems and story threads that traverse the path between destiny and free will, remind us that enchantment can be found lurking in every corner, and delve into the mysteries of dreams and the Otherworld. Spinning Hair Into Gold is one of the best new poetry books by Caitlin Keely Gemmell, author and founder of #enchantedsimplicity and #truenorthpoetry on Instagram.
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