Breaking Into Soul is the story of a young girl, Blossom Sterling. She was born with “the veil,” an inheritance of her ancestors, mysterious and legendary “gift of sight.” For those of you who do not know what the veil is, it is a thin membrane which covers the face of a baby at birth. It seems to be more of a rarity these days to hear of a mother discuss the fact that her baby was born covered by either a veil or a caul (a caul encases the body of the baby). I wonder why?
Some people believe this natural phenomena is a folktale or a legend. Some people believe the veiled or the cauled have become a dying breed, an aged generation preparing to meet their mortality. I believe neither.
One of the most amazing experiences I have encountered after completing the novel, Breaking Into Soul, has been the opportunity to speak with men and women alike who either knew a family member, know a family member, or discovered the “truth” about a family member after reading this story.
As for me, I was fortunate enough to grow up in the knowledge of the veil through my Great Aunt, Na. Na was born veiled and everyone in my family knew this to be true. Na, I was told, had the “gift of sight.” She could see “the other side - people who had passed away.” The beautiful thing about Na was there were no hidden secrets about her abilities. To me, this meant everything about her was simply, natural.
Blossom Sterling, on the other hand, was not as fortunate. When her mother, Ruby Sterling, discovers that her baby in born with the veil, she chooses not to disclose this fact to anyone, including her husband. Seven days after the birth of Blossom, on a cold and rainy day, Ruby buries the veil in the backyard underneath a tree. This sets off a chain of events for not only Blossom, but her entire family. On Blossom’s journey of self-discovery, she must learn to trust herself, and the responsibilities that come with possessing the gift of sight.
In Breaking Into Soul, I explore the theme that “anything is possible.” When Blossom Sterling encounters a connection with Soul, a Norwood Indian girl who lives in the backwoods, it changes her life. For Blossom, the discovery of Soul creates conflict of society verses her internal desire to see the world beyond what exist.
What is your story? What happens when your Soul breaks through?