The Making of: Little Caroline.

“Create the things you wish existed.” A couple of years ago, I wrote a short children’s story based on some of the things I learnt from my Teaching Assistant days. As a Reading Mentor too, I must have read hundreds of stories with children, which allowed me to explore the way authors wrote to a…

Getting motivated (when you really don’t feel like it.)

“Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.” A few years ago, I was well and truly stuck in a rut. The same things happened during the week. The same things happened at the weekend. Most of my time was spent as a robot; getting up early in the week,…

You will get there, but only if you keep going.

“Follow your dreams, success will follow.” Unlike everyone else I seemed to know at school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’. Everyone around me seemed to want to be a vet, or a teacher. A doctor or a pilot. I never knew what I wanted for my…

Get to know your characters.

“There are certain fictional character’s deaths you will never recover from. Ever.” Spoiler alert… I don’t know about you, (or maybe I speak on behalf of everyone who’s a keen reader) but I take fictional characters very seriously. One minute, you’re enjoying your favourite book as a child and then BOOM. Dumbledore gets blasted with…

Growing and improving your writing style.

“Your words reflect your character. Write accordingly.” Everyone is different. That’s what makes the human race so spectacular. We all have different personalities and interests, and just that alone makes each and every one of us in the world so unique. It’s funny – when it comes to reading something, you can often guess what…

Influence, and be influenced.

“I really do believe in the influence of your surroundings.” Everyone goes through phases. Mine in particular probably started with video games as a kid, following on with bands and music in my teenage years. Being in with the ‘musical’ crowd in the latter end of secondary school, I was influenced heavily by dirty sounding…

We’ve all got to start somewhere.

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” Over the past few years, the way I see things has changed dramatically. My career has stopped, reversed and gone in a totally different direction, and I’ve never looked back! When you’re too comfortable in your day to day life, it seems that…