I am a strong believer in fate. I believe that things happen for a reason and I believe that you should take what life throws at you and turn it into a positive.
In November 2006, I had my daughter (who is known on social media as LO) and I had to seriously rethink what I was going to do workwise. I was very lucky and I had the opportunity to stay at home with LO full time. Whenever she napped, I would write down little stories and dream up characters. Nothing substantial – writing was just a hobby I was dabbling in.
This continued over four years and in 2010, after a visit to a clairvoyant who told me I should do the thing I had been thinking about because I would be good at it, I took the plunge and signed up with The London School of Journalism to complete a course in novel writing. As much as I loved writing, I knew I needed to learn how to do it properly.
Since then I have achieved incredible things. I have entered competitions, attended writing events, became a member of online writing group The Romaniacs, contributed to an anthology of short stories with three of my own and in 2013, I won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award. My first proper recognition as a writer.
But this was just the beginning.
As a result of winning the award, I was offered representation by literary agent, Kate Nash and have been under her representation ever since. Things were going from strength to strength and this peaked last year (2016) when I was offered a two book deal with publishing giants Harper Collins under their digital imprint, Harper Impulse.
Ten years it took me, but I finally did it – I got a book deal!
Alongside writing and being a mummy, I am also a university student (and course representative) at Anglia Ruskin. I am studying for a degree in Early Childhood and I absolutely LOVE it. Children are amazing human beings and not only do I get to be a mummy to LO, but I also get to learn all about children and how they work. Over the years I have worked within many types of settings with children ranging from a private nursery, primary schools, dance and drama schools, Special schools and temporarily running a parent and toddler group when LO was 3. And I loved them all.
Special Educational Needs is something that has interested me for quite some time and it is something which I am incorporating into my everyday learning – choosing to focus on this in certain aspects of my degree. I also studied with the National Autistic Society and gained a level 3 early educators certificate for working with Autistic children. I regularly complete training for inclusivity for those with additional needs and disabilities and I am hoping to, one day, write some stories for little ones to enjoy too!
My first commercial fiction novel, The First Time Mums’ Club, is due for release on May 5th 2017 (ebook) with the paperback set to be released on July 13th 2017.
And still I keep pinching myself – I can’t believe I’m doing all these amazing things.
Never give up on your dreams, they actually can come true…