"A wonderful tapestry of reflections written in various very satisfying styles, from poetry and prose to snapshots of moments, it is a memoir of a life where the journey spans various landscapes including Africa and England, and heart-mind states of ever-deepening wisdom. A bejeweled thread weaves all of the sections together - an unspoken sacred question I sometimes refer to as 'Quest-I-On'. Nirvan's quest and well-traveled heart-eye will enrich your own." FRANK LARUE OWEN, author of The School of Soft Attention.

TRIP BACK: Windows to the Past​, a selection of seventeen both brief, and extended, memoir pieces, follows Nirvan Hope's outer life from a childhood in Gibraltar, England and Nigeria, to memories of Morocco, Greece, New York, India, Oregon, New Mexico, Peru, Washington State, Utah, Arizona, south England, Wales and Australia. Her inner world journey of self-discovery examines a history of race, suicide, LGB and abandonment., from which she moves forward with energetic optimism to deeper/higher experiences of self-awareness, leading to greater understanding and maturity.

"thought provoking...exotic and fascinating." "Every so often I'd pause and chuckle, chuckle some more and dive back in."



Bee yards. Swarm catching. Moving bees in mountain migrations. Harvesting hive products. In this lyrical memoir, beekeeper Nirvan Hope gives the reader a taste of beekeeping 75 to 120  hives with her then partner, Roy, through one spring, summer and fall at the beginning of the twenty-first century. 

When not beekeeping, Nirvan explores changing seasons in forests, rivers and lakes on the Tahuya Peninsula. River wading, gardening, mushrooming, a baby eagle rescue, bear sightings and spawning salmon offer gentle pleasures. 

But as if to balance the slow tempo of pastoral bliss, the shadow side of Pacific Northwest rural life shows up: a not-so-happy world of vandals, brush pickers, clear cuts, frightening found objects and escalating frustration and paranoia spawned by the arrival of suspected identity thieves and meth labs on a neighboring property.

"Written in beautiful, lyrical language that transports the reader to the fields and forests of the Pacific Northwest. A modern day Walden Pond."  Valerie West, writer: No Brother of Mine

"...both riveting and contemplative"  "...read one chapter at a time, a great meditation"  "a skillful photographic way with words"  "this is a really magical book"


"Using poetry and prose, Nirvan Hope displays her flair for gazing directly at the essence of people, places and events. The memoir shares the author's varied life with a keen appreciation for the core of each moment - the reader will be fortunate to share her discovery of the perfection inherent in many of those moments. She recalls things as they were, not as she wished or wishes they were. To borrow from a description in the book, her writing "zizzles and clicks".  G. RANDY KASTEN, author of ​Just Trust Me: Finding Truth in a World of Spin; A Step Away; and Rejections from a Literary Agent: Discouraging Writers, One Bad Query at a Time.

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​Trip Back: Windows to the Past

"Nirvan's book  is an elegant search through deep and ancient questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? What ties weave us all together? As she folds through the fabric of her past, her words bring a shiver down my back as they poignantly reveal the whys and hows of her own life, thereby bringing to light the greater human search for meaning. Her book is a brilliant testament to humanity, love and the life force in us all. Let it sweep you up into the journey with her."  KIRSTEN  SCHOWALTERauthor of In My Own Skin.

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"This beautifully crafted book gives an emotional and in-depth perspective of Nirvan's journey as she tried to find answers to the many questions that have influenced her life. It is an interesting and compelling read with well written and empathetic descriptive detail. " C. LOWE. 

LOVE AND THE INFINITE is a selection of 'wordsongs', ecstatic verse, written from 1992 to 1998 in which I share experiences of love and longing, both human and divine, in the ongoing dance between mystery and consciousness.

"Trip Back: Windows to the Past " is an open-hearted memoir, poignant, chilling, tender and full of grace. As I read of Nirvan Hope's multi-layered childhood growing up in Northern Nigeria, my heart leaped open and reached out to her."  JUDY FORD author of Wonderful Ways to Love a Child; Single: the Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and  Independent;  and Every Day Love.

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Love and the Infinite

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Gypsy Soup
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 Gypsy Soup

​​How does headstrong Ria plan to heal a family tragedy? - She leaves home for a nine month journey of discovery. In her travels from the New Mexico desert to the California Bay Area and then to a ghost town in the Idaho mountains she encounters a spicy cast of individuals as fascinating and wild as the year of cultural revolution in which the novel is set: 1968.

Seeking to blend her cross-cultural Hispanic and Scottish heritage, Ria's strength and resolve are tested in a series of road trip adventures.  Along the way she makes mistakes that, despite consequences, might not be mistakes at all. She learns to follow her intuition as she navigates the outer world, becoming her own unique person while making peace with her past. 

GYPSY SOUP celebrates how lessons of the heart and the roller-coaster of life combine on the cusp of adulthood in an era when sex, drugs and rock-and-roll defined the language of a generation. 

“I found myself setting out right alongside Ria. Her adventures, the people she meets, the surprising twists and turns kept me engaged and curious....Gypsy Soup is a book as spicy, delicious, and enticing as its name.” —Grace Welker, creator of Oasis Pages Diary 

“After a while, I couldn't put it down. It was so entrancing. A heart-warming story!” –Jay Schlechter PhD, author of Intimate Friends