Q & A WITH GAIL
Question: How did you come to write Apple Creek? What inspired you?
Answer: I wanted to tell my story. Women who think they cannot do for themselves inspired me. Women who are afraid they cannot make it on their own and remain in abusive relationships.
Question: What do you hope this novel will do for women and girls?
Answer: I am hoping they will be able to see that they don't have to depend on a partner that is abusive. They can do things for themselves and get out of the abuse. Starting over can be a little scary, but it can be done. My mother used to say. "Only you can change your life."
Question: If you could only do one thing the rest of your life what would it be?
Answer: Open up a women's retreat center to help other women learn how to help themselves beyond abuse and acquire skills to become self-sufficient.
Question: How would you describe your life in only 5 words?
Answer: Busy, Chaotic, Magical, Creative, Blessed
Question: What is your motto?
Answer: “If we lose the ways of our Ancestors, we lose ourselves.”
Question: Why is being connected to nature and with nature important to you?
Answer: Everything we need to live, eat, stay warm, and survive is already put here for us. Even medicines come from the earth. We as humans have become so evolved that we have forgotten what our ancestors knew. In forgetting we are destroying our own home.
It is very important for me to follow my Ancestral path in the old ways. Someone has to preserve this natural way of life. There are not many of us left that want to do this. Someday we will need these skills again, so they should be taught now. I hear people say, "I am living off the land." To me living off of the land is taking from it and not giving back. Our resources will not last forever. I like to say I am living with the land. What I take, I give back. To become one with the earth, animals and plants, the seasons and the moon cycles is the most comforting and rewarding way to live.