I was a young girl with ginger hair, glasses so big they looked like Deirdre from Coronation Street (Google if you don't know who this is!) and I was also lucky enough to have a lazy eye and required to wear an eye patch for a few years! Here is a photo of my (unfortunately I couldn't find one with my patch that was clear enough!)...
I looked pretty geeky right?! I probably didn't do myself any favours with my interests either but I didn't care. I was a happy kid and had a fantastic childhood in my primary school years. Despite the way I looked I was actually relatively popular at school and had lots of friends who only called me a pirate a few times a day!
I LOVED reading and I LOVED writing and I LOVED learning!
I would race people to finish the work in class... I would make myself projects for the school holidays... I would read and read and read to the point that I finished all of the books in school and went past the top level so in my primary school years I was reading things like the 'Lord of the Rings'.
My love for reading was fuelled by the fantastic books I could not get enough of such as 'The Faraway Tree', 'George Speaks', 'Charlotte's Web' and anything by Roald Dahl. I wanted to be Matilda and in many ways I was like her, except the bad parents and magical part (although I tried many times to make that pencil move!!).
As an adult you grow up, your life becomes filled with relationships, university, work and general responsibility and you still read but you don't have as much freedom to do it as a child. I had been missing it without even realizing it.
Then finally we got pregnant and I got sooooo excited thinking about all the amazing books I could read to my future daughter. I bought a good selection of the classics and when she was born I pretty much read to her from her first day at home! I absolutely loved thinking I was starting her wonderful journey with reading and language from such an early age and it was such a lovely bonding experience.
Not long after something clicked in me.... I started getting all of these ideas. I would watch her do something simple and rhymes just started forming in my head. This happened numerous times before I actually thought to write them down. Once I started writing, I started reading them to my family. They encouraged me that they were good and I should look into publishing but I didn't take it seriously. As if I could be a published author!!
Then I wrote the book 'Our Dream Come True' for my daughter and everything changed. I read this to my family and they cried at how lovely the words were and how it expressed such deep emotion about how special our daughter was and how much we had longed for her and loved her. I thought about the many thousands of children born via IVF and their parents who may also share these feelings and wanting to explain the process they have been through in an easy to understand way but might not necessarily know how to do it.
It was then that I thought I HAD to publish this book. It was important and it could help so many families. I knew I also had a lot of other books that are beautiful to read with your child that I could publish in the future and I thought people could get enjoyment out of this. I am truly passionate about children feeling loved and secure and learning more about the world and their place in it. So I have taken the plunge and am totally loving my new life as a stay at home mum and author. It is exactly what I dreamed of in my eye patch wearing days... Matilda I am not but it's still pretty amazing to me!!