Monday, August 14, 2006

Beryl Singleton Bissell

Beryl Singleton Bissell is an author whose memoir The Scent of God (Perseus Books Group/Counterpoint Press)is doing very well in the United States. In the near future I plan to post a review of her book and Beryl has very kindly agreed to answer a few questions which will accompany it.

Beryl was born in Saddle River New Jersey, grew up in Puerto Rico, and entered a cloistered monastery the day after she graduated from high school. She left religious life fifteen years later. She now lives on the North Shore of Lake Superior and has a son and three grandchildren. Her 24-year-old daughter died in 2001.

She has a website ( and runs a blog, which you can check out as I am posting the link on my Author Blogs sidebar.

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Beryl Singleton Bissell said...

Hey Damain. What a surprise! I was just going to post you a notice that I've linked with you on my site and I find that I am the subject of a post. Your book arrived yesterday and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it.

Right now I am finishing Brazil (an amazing historical saga that was a huge hit in Europe) by fellow gatherer Errol Lincoln Uys, then onto Moya Goatley's book A Basket of Rain (also a Gather contact). I often read several books at a time but when it comes to Gatherers' books, I prefer to focus.

Susan Stinson said...

How very cool that you're reviewing Beryl's book. I met her at a writers retreat, Norcroft, and am looking forward to hearing your take on her book.

Damian McNicholl said...

It is indeed a small world, Susan. I'm reading it currently.