Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a free-verse poetry memoir. During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations. Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow.

Camilla Downs is a powerhouse – a one-person publishing house, selfless promoter of fellow authors, bestseller, blogger, photographer, and mom – the order of which is not prioritized. I met Camilla through online authors’ networks. We swapped books, as you do. And I immediately fell for her story – relatable, inspiring – facing challenges, overcoming obstacles, and being a role model. In other words, a good person. A person who, among other things, fuels her creativity and capacity to give by immersing herself into landscapes – communing with the outdoors, shooting photos, and writing about all of it.

Words of Alchemy is her compilation of free verse poetry touching on these issues – a sincere and sensitive ode to life and to nature. Divided into alchemical sections – experience, perspective, lessons and growth – we take a seat next to our author for the Alchemy of Healing. This, from May You See The Beauty:

She awakens to discover that she has / indeed been pulling the weeds and / shifting her view.


Through the Alchemy of Love, we climb a metaphorical trail with this, from The Path:

Keep walking / Keep writing // Keep knowing / Keep loving


And through the Alchemy of Gratitude we reflect, looking back with thanks. This, from Appreciation:

Study the clouds and the trees. / Listen to the birds.


In Words of Alchemy, author Camilla Downs relays her story – powerfully personal and enlightening. Her words reflect a recognition of challenges and rewards, the natural world she is mindfully part of, consciously present, and admirably, ensuring she shares it with all of us.

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About the Author: Camilla Downs is a bestselling author, indie publisher, mentor and mom. Nature and life experiences are a constant source of inspiration for her writing. She enjoys living a minimalist lifestyle, practicing meditation and mindfulness, reading, going for walks, and capturing nature’s essence with photographs. Camilla is the founder of Meeting the Authors and lives in Northern Nevada with her two kids and their pet guinea pig.


Title: Words of Alchemy
Author: Camilla Downs
Publisher: Loving Kindness Books, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-9800568-4-6


West Coast Editor/Poetry Reviewer at The Miramichi Reader -- Website

Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of the suspense-thriller series The Gamble Novellas, the poetry collection Forever Cast in Endless Time, and WIBA and ABF book awards finalist, Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. He’s been awarded for prose, poetry, songwriting, is the producer of Bill's Artist Showcase, and for his eight-year Gone Viking trek has been granted a Fellowship at London’s Royal Geographical Society. When not trekking the globe with a small pack, weatherproof journal and laughably outdated camera phone, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making friends and misbehaving. Watch for the follow-up to Bill’s award-winning bestseller, the soon-to-be-released Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, (RMB Fall 2021).

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Camilla Downs
8 months ago

What a blessing it is to see Bill’s review of my book on The Miramichi Reader. I’m deeply grateful to Bill for taking the time to read Words of Alchemy, and to write such a glowing review. Thank you, Bill. Thank you, TMR.

Bill Arnott
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8 months ago

Cheers Camilla – we appreciate all you do for authors and publishers around the globe! – Bill.

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