Great Quote From A Great Author- Sherry Valerie Hilles

July 21, 2019 at 10:59 pm (Commentary, Inspiration, Life, Personal essays) ()

Great Quote From A Great Author- Sherry Valerie Hilles

Every so often one comes across a great quote that is truly inspirational.

And such great quotes are often found in the writing of my friend and fellow writer Sherry Valerie Hilles.

Sometimes when I read great quotes from someone whom I’ve never heard about or read about or don’t know personally, I sometimes wonder to myself, does this person actually walk the walk or just talk the talk in their quote of profound wisdom.

Well having known Sherry for 9 years (although we have never met in person) since I first ran into her at the Xanga blogging site back in 2011, I knew when I read this quote that the person making it does walk the walk.

I actually have been having a horrendous time in my life since my dad died back in June 2010.

Most of the money of my dad’s Estate dwindled away through the efforts of an incompetent (or possibly crooked) Estate lawyer.
I had moved to Vancouver from Edmonton in 2012 because I was hoping to take a course in Film Directing and Screenplay Writing at the Vancouver Film School (which along with the UCLA Film School in Los Angeles and Ryerson College in Toronto is one of the top 3 film schools in North America) and become a film director and screenplay writer like my hero Orson Welles.

I had received permission from the Executor of my dad’s Estate to receive a preliminary payout of $40,000 from my dad’s Estate to pay for my move to Vancouver and pay my rent out there for the next couple of years.

The Estate lawyer then dragged out the settling of my Dad’s Estate (which had already been dragging on for 2 years) for another 2 years until May 2014 and by that time he had charged such high fees for basically doing nothing that when the Estate was finally settled, I received only a pittance of what I was supposed to get (thus ending my dream of attending the Vancouver Film School).

And of course the rent in Vancouver kept going up radically and drastically every year (Vancouver has the most expensive rental and housing market in all of Canada)

If it had been a normal rental market, I could probably have had enough from the pittance I did get from the Estate for both rent and food for the next 4 years.

But by January 2016, the rent on my Vancouver apartment had increased at loan shark interest rates percentages from the time I had first moved there in October 2012.

I started to search for a job and six months later in June 2016, I managed to land one.

It was a telemarketing job and it lasted only 3 days since I hadn’t made a sale in those 3 days (probably because I never had any previous telemarketing experience).

The landlord had granted me a month’s extension to stay (since I was a month’s overdue in paying rent) when he found out I finally had a job.

But now that was gone.

I really had no friends in Vancouver (like most writers, I am a tremendous personal introvert) and what was I to do?

I was becoming increasingly suicidal and having all sorts of negative thoughts.

I thought of throwing myself from my balcony the day before I was to be formally evicted from my apartment (which was some date in July 2016).

The only words of encouragement I was getting during that time was my friends and fellow writers Sherry in Germany and Daniel in the U.S. state of Alabama.

Sherry in particular was sending me emails every day and leaving encouraging comments on my blog posts.

Even though I had never really spoken too much publicly about being suicidal at that time, I found out later that Sherry thought that I was.

She had apparently spent much of the time of those critical months of June and July 2016 walking to a nearby church and lighting a candle for me and spending a couple of hours in intense prayer for me (she had told me this later).

In mid-July 2016, the thought did occur to me to return to my home province of Alberta as Alberta did have a better social welfare net system than did British Columbia (particularly under its then Milton Friedmanesque neo-conservative so-called Liberal Premier Christy Clark).

A day after I had that thought, I ran into a sometimes acquaintance I knew in Vancouver.

I told him my problems and he gave me the money for a one way Greyhound bus ticket to Calgary.

So I had to fit what I could of my belongings into the only 3 suitcases I had (so it wasn’t very much) on July 20th 2016 (the thought just hit me now that’s 3 years ago yesterday -just the day before Sherry had posted that quote that you’ll read below) and leave Vancouver for Calgary.

The result of that was I ended up living in a homeless shelter in Calgary from July 2016 to February 2017.

By February 2017, I was finally able to get on social assistance and was able to get into a low income community housing program.

During the time I was homeless, it was Sherry’s encouraging emails that helped me though (I went to the public library every day to use their public computers to read my emails and also write and post my vampire novel chapters each day).

Sherry herself is a very remarkable woman. 

She was born and raised in the Malaysian province of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.

In her mid-teens she won a scholarship to attend Cambridge University in England.

So at the age of 17, she left home to move to England and study at Cambridge.

She later moved to London where she lived for awhile.

She then moved to Germany where she still currently resides.

She has published two gothic novels on Amazon. One is called The Devil’s Promises and the other book is called The Fallen.

She currently lives in a beautiful farmhouse not far from a lovely and tranquil Bavarian village with her 7 children (although I think her eldest daughter is away from home attending University) and her animals- a dog, a cat and a goat.

Here is her profound quote:

6 Comments

  1. Leonie M. said,

    Life is a risk sometimes, and the trial is there aggressively, however, thanks to God and goodness. That there are Angels sent to give comfort, and one of them is your friend though haven’t met each other, but the spirit is there.

  2. George F. said,

    quite the autobiography Dracul….thanks for letting us get to know the inner you…

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, George, now you know about the chaos that goes on in the life of a vampire novelist who incorporates geopolitical commentary and satire in his vampire novels.

  3. Henry Lewis said,

    Beautiful quote from Sherry about unconditional love!

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