As a teacher, I loved nothing more than inspiring my students to write. The classroom became a cauldron bubbling with ideas until the children could no longer contain their enthusiasm and had to put pen to paper. The rewards were far-reaching: children who wanted to write and to read what others had written, children who loved experimenting with words. We made books of all they wrote and displayed them on a long shelf at the back of the room. They were authors.
Guiding them made me realise that I, too, wanted to write. It was something I'd enjoyed doing all my life, but I wanted to get serious about it!
I gave up teaching for that very reason and I began to write about what I knew the children had enjoyed reading: a modicum of magic, a sprinkle of the surreal, a pinch of peril, a touch of time-shift and strong characters with whom child readers would identify and champion. With intricate and unique plots, twists and surprises, the recipe for mystery and adventure was created.
To date, I have written eight children's novels and one children's poetry collection.
It didn't end there. I also began to write short stories for adult readers - and by 'adult', I mean grown-up readers! Many of these were entered in writing competitions, as well as poetry I had penned. I have been very lucky to have won or been shortlisted around thirty times in such contests.
As a result, I produced three very different short story collections as well as an anthology of humorous adult poetry. I have a vast collection of serious poetry, too, for which I need to seek out a publisher.
Four pieces of my work are included in the One Word Anthology by Talkback Writers, several more appear in The Aspiring Writers 2013 Anthology and another story appears in An Earthless Melting Pot as a result of being runner up in the Words with Jam longer short story competition. I also have flash fiction in The Best of CafeLit3 and a poem in Songs of Angels.
I hope you enjoy what you read. I certainly enjoyed the writing of it.
I have two websites:
Helen Laycock | Children's Author
Helen Laycock | Fiction in a Flash
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