French Wet Nurses and the Wild West
Here is an excerpt from her first novel, Mirabilis:
"A young priest with the yellow eyes of a hart takes the heavy Virgin in his hands. He murmurs the Gloriosa while sunlight streams through the colored windows and stains the rock-crystal belly. At last he raises Her. Blanche's body colors, too; her face turns blue, her hands red, and she smiles to herself as she prays. And as she does this, she feels her limbs lighten and tingle. She grows lighter, and lighter still, while the feeling becomes a sort of sparkle behind her eyes...
Beside her, a gasp. Within her, a lurch. Blanche is floating upward. Before she knows it her feet have left the floor. Her mouth tastes of dust, and her left shoe falls off. Unseen hands continue to lift her until she rests high above the heads of her parents" (viii).
Cokal studied art history, medieval history and literature in France. The miraculous and magical occurrences in faith and the customs and language of that time are definitely present in the vivid writing of her first book Mirabilis. However, Cokal would say many things inspire her writing.
In these audio clips, the quirky author unveils the sources of her inspiration, stories of writing and success, and her distinction between "medieval" and "magical realism":