Welcome to my website. Sharing information about myself is probably the hardest thing for me to write about. I'm wondering what will be relevant and what will you want to know? So I thought I would start with letting you know a little bit about me as an author and give you a glimpse of me as a wife, a mother of two and a nana.
The things I wrote about many years ago were nonsensical doodles. I remember discussing some of them with my grandmother when I was around nineteen. Apart from her being surprised at some of the things I wrote about, I made a pledge to her that one day I would write a book. I expected her to not take me seriously, but in fact, she believed I would. I have never forgotten that conversation. I wasn't sure if I would ever return to developing the stories I wrote about back then, but what I did know is that I would one day fulfil my dream and someday become a published author.
Spending beautiful moments with our granddaughter and reducing my working hours has been the kickstart I needed to return to creative writing. I would often give her a choice of whether she wanted me to read her a story from a book or if she wanted me to tell her one without. She would often choose one without. This is when fantasies would just flow from my mind, and this is when I realised my words could capture the imagination of a child the same way mine had been when I used to read so much. I started doodling again and found that I wanted to avoid writing pure fiction. (Although, I know some of the most magnificent books are just that, and I have great respect for authors who showcase their talent in this way). I wanted to base my ideas on fact and fiction. By combining the two, I set out to create make-belief worlds where facts are built into the themes so that the reader not only enjoys the plot but learns from it as well. Mixing facts and fiction is, therefore, where my genre sits.
My first book to be published is a slight step away from this. It is a taste of how I can incorporate facts into magical worlds. It is called Same Difference and is a world of colour which has been made possible through fabulous illustrations. The concept behind it is all about diversity and kindness. I use the natural world and different species to get little ones to think that being different is absolutely fine. Same Difference is not only a colourful expression, but it is simply written so that adults can explain diversity to little ones easily. It is also an attempt to promote equality and kindness in a diverse, troubled world.
My second book is called Saving Orb, and it's about climate change and the environment. Here a group of cousins set out on an adventure, not knowing what's in store for them. Here is where you will see fact and fiction collaborate. By reading it, children will increase their knowledge base about a decaying, poorly world and what can be done to help it. My intention is for the fantasy running through the book to keep the readers focussed and eager to read more. Saving Orb should be out very soon! I hope you will all enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
Like most authors, I have doodled with a pen for years and, more recently, a Chromebook. I realised, along with my family, that I had a natural flair for bringing a page to life a long time ago. It wasn't until my granddaughter came along that I have finally decided to take one of my favourite pastimes further.
My first book is called Same Difference. It is a visual tool that tries to get little minds to think about diversity.
This idea allows readers to have a little peek at my vibrant blueprint, and my barcode of life, which have been formed by my experiences, life events, the people I have met, and the places I have visited. It also comes from the many years I have worked with children.
The world can often be scary for them, and this can come from fearing the unknown, which is not helped by them being exposed to a deluge of contradictions, often reinforced through social media. What better way is there than to try and change this through art and literature?
Little minds just soak up information they are given and then go on to search for more. Same Difference is an attempt to stimulate kindness. It is colourful and has simply written text aimed at reaching out to the smallest of minds.
My book is a small opportunity for small children to begin a journey of self-realisation about equality and diversity. The earlier a child is shown that it's absolutely fine to be different, there is the greater chance they will not develop prejudicial views or ideas. I have used the natural world, other species and people to show this.
'Our planet earth is a beautiful place of sparking diversity.'
This message comes through each page, and towards the end of the book, the moral behind the theme becomes apparent, especially the last pages where I ask:
'Have you perhaps been shown that it does not matter what we look like, as we are the same and it's perfectly natural and ok to be different?'
To ensure little people grasp the message, I have added a pairing-up exercise. I think this also adds some fun to the book.
I have just completed my first novella. In it, my aspirations of me wanting to encourage children not to be afraid of difference and instead focus on caring for each other, and our planet comes through.
As I venture into an author's incredible, imaginative world, I hope enthusiastic readers will join me.