Eastbourne writer takes inspiration from her travels
“/>Eastbourne author Gabrielle Yetter
Inspired by her experiences in Cambodia, the book is a fictional story about Charlotte Fontaine, a young woman who travels to Phnom Penh to visit her best friend and meets a mysterious older man on the flight.
When she arrives, she discovers a land of golden temples, orange-clad monks, and kind-hearted people, and then realizes that many things are not what they seem – including her own family relationships, which surface through a series of revelations .
“I wanted to share some of the exotic charm of the country in my book,” said Gabrielle.
“After seeing what it felt like to live there, I wanted to take readers to my Cambodia.
“I picked up a number of fascinating real life characters, some of whom are named like SomOn, our tuk-tuk driver who became a friend, and I’ve woven real life situations into the story.
“Throughout the book, Charlotte is on a quest that takes her through dusty alleys and shimmering pagodas, where she meets people who offer glimpses of their own strengths and imperfections: a grubby cafe owner, a compassionate Buddhist monk, an elderly Cambodian who who survived Khmer Rouge and a woman who reminds her of her mother. And all of them have a role in teaching her different things about herself.
“Whisper of the Lotus is a complex story full of unforgettable characters and the sights and senses of a magical land.
“It’s a story about friendship and family, love and identity, a story about no matter how far you travel, the path will always bring you back to yourself.
“It has been described as having the feel of a good Armistead Maupin novel mixed with the spiritual overtones of Dan Millman’s Path of the Peaceful Warrior.”
Gabrielle, a former journalist, wrote the definitive guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia and the Sweet Flavors of Cambodia and is a regular contributor to Khmer440, Latitudes, AsiaLife and Expat Advisory.
She also wrote two children’s books, Ogden the Fish That Couldn’t Swim, and Martha the Blue Sheep, which were illustrated by young Cambodian artists.
In 2012, Gabrielle and her husband Skip Just Go! Step off the treadmill for a world of adventure based on your experience of moving around the world. In 2018 they settled in Eastbourne