When I started writing my new novel, Joyous Lies, my main character, Maelle, popped into my head. Brought up on the organic farm of her hippie grandparents, Maelle feels an affinity for trees, a psychic bond.
As a young adult, she studies the communication properties of trees.
When I started the book, this idea was just beginning to be understood by plant biologists.
Trees communicate through their roots, and more specifically, by fungi attached to the roots. Maelle tries to prove they hear and learn.
Imagine my astonishment to read The New York Times magazine’s feature story on December 5. The article profiles Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, and her discoveries about tree communication and cooperation. Research is uncovering the most astounding facts about the secret life of plants.
I’m thrilled if my forthcoming book provokes interest in this astonishing world right in front of us, but not fully perceived.
Read the article at https://nyti.ms/33BX6cz
And watch this space for the release date of Joyous Lies, published by The Wild Rose Press!