They arrived one evening as I stared out the dining room window. On reflection, they had been living in some mysterious outpost in my brain for some time. Each one felt like an old friend, who, after time spent apart were eager to catch me up to speed. The characters of 'Gabriel's Great Perhaps' were relentless; clamouring for time, attention and space to tell their stories. Given my usual over-busy schedule, writing a novel was not my plan but I knew in my bones I had to move forward, past fears, insecurities and the usual excuses.
At first, they bicker. Seven people from different cultures and beliefs who find themselves in a realm that doesn't jibe with their afterlife expectations are brought together to solve and resolve some personal and global issues. The stakes could not be any higher for both the world and the heavens. Gabriel, their Angel-Navigator, attempts to calm and shepherd them through all the uncertainty. Will he be able to inspire the courage this motley crew will need to transcend their biases, fears and help a desperate world? Using humor and drama, 'Gabriel's Great Perhaps' highlights the need for unity in diversity.
'Gabriel's Great Perhaps' is both an invitation and a challenge to reflect on our collective values and see what no longer serves us individually and collectively. It's a high comedic adventure with a purpose. We explore imagined worlds beyond this small planet and envision a world that allows space for each other. It is an anthem to love, death, spirituality and our shared humanity.