“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” Anaïs Nin
My first foray into fiction writing was seven or so years ago, and I quickly found myself 25,000 words into an adult novel and more than halfway through a book for 8 to 10 year old boys. Both works were sadly put on the back-burner due to the busy-ness of life with my own young family. I am delighted to finally find myself with time to pick up where I left off with those two works, as well as to begin putting words to several ideas I have for other books.
I currently have two works in progress commanding my focus. One is a YA book about the challenges which teens face growing up surrounded by the emotional fall-out of their families' mistakes.
The other is the first in a young MG series about woodland animals and technology - a sort of Spy Dog meets Charlotte's Web. The underlying theme of the first book in the series is connectedness and the strength of a team over individuals. However the focus is on light-hearted humour and funny escapades.
The over-arching themes of my writing are captured in my tag-line: Sustainability; Stories; Soul
Sustainability - I have a personal interest in sustainability issues, both of us as individuals and of the wider planet. For some years I have worked as a pro bono photographer for The Sustainable Food Trust; prior to that I worked as a nutrition consultant to the food industry.
Stories - the theme of stories refers to the lies that we tell ourselves, which often prevent us what we most need in order to move on.
Soul - our soul is our mental abilities: our reason, character, feeling, consciousness, memory, perception and thinking. My first degree was in Psychology and I have always been fascinated by what shapes our characters and our actions.
I have a particular desire to help children of all ages make sense of the world around them and see through the maze of emotional baggage that is thrust upon them, not just by those closest to them, but also by the wider society which they inhabit. I would also like to encourage young people to break the damaging cycles that repeat between generations. As well as writing full-time I work in a volunteer capacity as an advocate for looked after children.
My current favourite authors, and role models, include:
Holly Bourne - for her wonderful characters and her focus on mental health
M.G. Leonard - for the fast-paced quirkiness of Beetle Boy
Progress updates will follow soon on my blog.