How I Wrote My First Book and What I Learnt on the Journey

The inspiration behind The Detective Two and how this became a published book.  When I was eight years old, the amazing Michael Rosen came to our school.  He spoke about his new book and read to us. He also said something that stayed with me.  Good writers see books in their heads like movies. Great writers can then transfer these movies to paper. I might be paraphrasing, it was 35 years ago, but the idea is the same.  At first, when these words hit my eight-year-old brain, I was relieved. I had been going to bed every night with a group of imaginary friends, living out a soap opera in my head. Thank god there were other people that this happened too. Then I remember thinking I could write a book, this movie in my head could be a book.

The Award I Didn’t Want and Why It Made me Quit Writing

At 3 am Sunday morning, I was woken to my 22-month-old daughter in a very distressed state. She was shivering so bad, she could not stop. On arrival of the ambulance, she started to go into a seizure. Three seizures later we were told her temperature was 41.9. “Wow,” the nurse said. “The highest I have ever seen.” It was an award I never wanted. The brilliant staff at the hospital not only saved her life but also put her back together in three days. Although now there are signs she is still poorly, she has bounced back to almost her normal cheeky self. I’m Quitting Writing

Why I Don’t Worry About Top Writer Status & Why You Shouldn’t Either.

Measure your success in a different way I mean no disrespect to any of my fellow writers who are proud of Top Writer status in Medium. In fact, I will celebrate your successes alongside you. For me, it has never been something I measure success on. There are plenty of other parts to Medium I am obsessed with - claps, reads, curation. My mental health is thankful that Top Writer isn’t one of my obsessions.