Lancashire debut author Alice Broadway shares her journey about getting her book Ink published:
'When my 2nd child was 6 months old I started a blog to keep up to date with family and friends. It reminded me that all I ever wanted to be when I was little was a writer. Writing the blog became a way of processing life with very young children and the demands of caring for a child with special needs. I also used it as a way of sharing play and storytelling resources I had created with other families.
In 2013 I had just been diagnosed with depression and decided to try doing Nanowrimo. I treated it as a kind of therapy where I was allowed to play with an idea that had been running through my mind. I only managed 12k but eventually those messy words became Ink. It was the first time I had tried writing a novel.
My favourite places to work are sat on a comfy chair in the kitchen or in our yellow camper van, parked up somewhere pretty with a cup of tea.
I was not a cool child. I had terrible hair, awful teeth and massive glasses; I was desperately shy and very happy to hide behind my older and more accomplished sisters. I was perpetually unsure of myself, except in one way; I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Books were my escape and my passion. I wanted to be part of the magic that happened when I opened a book which made the rest of the world disappear. But that seemed too good to be true and the dream got lost somewhere. It was only when I was in my mid-30s with the pre-school years of parenting almost over that I remembered that part of me and began, very tentatively, to write Ink.
The dream began again and I’ve still not woken up.
My experience as a parent of a child with special needs has changed me completely. I have learned patience, tenacity and the ability to function with 10 years of broken sleep. Our choice to adopt our eldest child has changed our lives and all for the better.
I am open about my personal experience of mental illness and feel that writing has been and will always be part of my own journey through it.'
Quick round Q&A:
Favourite TV show: currently Parks and Recreation
Favourite film: Spirited Away
Favourite food: roast potatoes
Favourite piece of clothing: whatever is newest.
Best holiday: St Ives
Favourite animal: puffer fish.I do google image searches of them when I’m sad because they make me laugh so much.
Worst subject at school: dance and maths
Best subject at school: English
Most commonly used word/phrase: ‘lovely’
Describe yourself in three words: introvert, indoorsy, emotional
INK is released on 2 February 2017 and Alice will be touring libraries in the North West this spring.