Up until October 2012, I was a teacher. I’d worked in challenging schools in East London and Plymouth for over ten years, and I loved what I did. It was exhausting, and sometimes frustrating, but I loved working with young people and helping them carve out their futures.
But everything changed when I knew I was about to become a mum. I couldn’t get my head round combining the two roles – I knew I wouldn’t be able to be the teacher or the mum I wanted to be if I tried to do both. And anyway, bubbling under the surface for the last few years of my teaching career had been a novel that was desperate to come out into the open.
So in those blurry first few months of motherhood, I wrote whenever I could. And by Easter I’d written the first draft of a novel and a resignation letter for my teaching job.
That first novel, ‘Lili Badger’, a young adult coming of age story, is currently with an agent and doing the rounds of publishing houses. I’m super proud of it and obviously hope someone snaps it up! But it’s more important than that too – it’s shown me that I can write, something I used to do all the time when I was a child but have never had the guts to pursue since the self doubt of puberty set in.
I’m currently working on my second novel, and loving the fact that I’m getting to be at home to watch my little boy grow up. So much of what I’m doing at the moment is new, and alongside the certainty of my role as a mother there’s the anticipation and nervousness accompanying my attempt to build a career as a writer.
This blog will chart that journey of (re)discovery, of my growth as a writer and as a parent as well as all the fun and creative stuff I’m enjoying filling my days with now that I have the time and space to be me. Oh, and there are sure to be some musings on education and the world along the way, because I’m not ready to give that part of myself up quite yet.
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