Welcome to my living room. Thank you for stopping by.
My name is Myrtle Brooks. I am the gal who, watching The Wizard of Oz on television as a child, always called the Emerald City home.
My backyard is a vast garden set amid the mountains and hills of New York City's buildings. The garden's flowers, her people, are of many colors, shapes and textures: each distinct and inherent, their lives and their stories essential to the enrichment of the soil. Songs to New York is a fictional collection of ten such stories: everyday people who experience extraordinary uplifting events effecting change in the city, community and within themselves.
This is my second published work, my first being The Geyser Girl of Yellowstone Park, a novel on man's edification through nature's examples. For further information, please see the page entitled: "The Geyser Girl of Yellowstone Park."
Manhattan born, spending my first two (as in formative) years in Jackson Heights, Queens, before moving upstate, I returned to my roots in 1991. November 15, 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary in our current Brooklyn railroad apartment beneath the J train. Many of the stories in Songs to New York are based on real-life experiences which I expanded into the realm of the miraculous (or did I?).
The page marked "Excerpts" contains samples from both my works. Do help yourselves. Just down the hall are a homespun photo gallery and some press releases as well.
Love and peace.
"Reminding you why you love being a New Yorker or leaving you wishing you were."
-Mary Ellen Bramwell, Author of The Apple of My Eye.
Brooks paints a song of glorious and lyrical words, telling wonderful tales of the people of New York. Each story brings a new depth to Brooks's writing, and storytelling. My favorite was "The Cyclist" after all, who else would name their cat Marco Polo. I was pleased by each story and recommend each one. Her words flow perfectly, giving each character his or her own story, blended within this overall "song". Highly recommended read." -Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.
"Myrtle Brooks imbues the city with its own supernatural identity, bringing the city itself alive; in many ways New York itself becomes a living entity, drawing its citizens into its unique milieu. Is this the way New Yorkers feel about their great city, or is it perhaps – the personification of the city itself? That's something the reader must decide, and something only Myrtle knows." - Gerry Sammon, author of Wolf Boy and The Royle Deception.