Here's my background story, told as simply as possible.
When I was a child my evil genius parents decided not to have a TV as they thought it was bad for a child's imagination - I mean, as if?!
And, as this was in the days before the internet and mobile phones, I had a choice - I could either learn to love books or I could die of boredom.
So I learnt to love books and pretty soon my love of reading grew into a love of writing and I dreamt of one day having a shelf of books of my own.
At eighteen I set off for uni in pursuit of my dream, to study English Literature.
But two years into my degree, I become plagued by the fear that I just didn't have what it took to become a professional writer.
I came from a much poorer background than most of my fellow students and I started to feel that people from council estates didn't belong in the middle class world of publishing.
So I dropped out of uni and ended up working in the complaints department for a frozen food company where all I wrote were grovelling apology letters to irate customers. (This is the tragic low point of my story).
After four years of working in jobs I hated I came to an important realisation: life can be a very dull and dark place when you don't dare to dream.
So, I dusted off my literary dreams and instead of seeing writing as some kind of rarefied world solely for the silver-spooned, I decided to approach it as I would any other job, starting small and working my way up.
I began my quest writing short stories for weekly women's magazines (the kind of magazines that have headlines like: The Day My Womb Fell Out! and OMG My Fella is Sleeping With the Milkman!).
Then I wrote some articles.
Having short stories and articles published gave me the confidence to finally have a go at writing my first book.
Fast forward 20 years and I've now had 27 books published by major publishing houses around the world.
One of my novels, Dear Dylan, won the Young Minds Book Award and my latest novel, Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow has been shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019 - all things far beyond my wildest dreams.
My personal experience of almost giving up on my writing dreams has made me passionate about helping others with their writing.
Over the years, I've helped thousands of people through my writing coaching, talks and workshops and I'm thrilled to now be helping many more people through my Writing Consultancy.
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