I sat under an old oak tree, knees raised to support my task, quill pen in one hand, some old parchment in the other and a little fairy talking to me as I wrote… OR ..
We were on a family holiday in Cornwall by the coast, it was raining (again!) and my husband and daughter Chelsea had decided to relieve some boredom by body boarding in the local surf. As I stood there watching them getting into their wet suits my heart sank, I don’t swim or surf and the thought of sitting on a cold beach was not appealing in the slightest. I mentioned my hesitation and my daughter was not having any of it. My heart sank even further!
With pleading eyes looking at me? I had an idea.
“Well, I could come… ” I said, pausing for effect “or … I could write you a story for bedtime later?”
Her curious smile informed that I had just saved myself from getting soaking wet.
The previous evening, I had read yet another children’s story to her about a group of fairies on an adventure and that’s in truth when the idea came to me.
She was full of questions:
What does a real fairy look like?
Where do they live?
Can we find one?
What do they do?
Why can’t grown-ups see them?
Her inquisitive mind had been alive with wonder and I absolutely love this about children. They don’t have all the hang-ups and never ending realisms of life to deal with. It’s fantastic.
Nothing is unimaginable for them. Nothing is impossible.
I truly believe that we should cherish this in children. As a mother, I do all I can to foster a belief in the unseen because I hope and pray that one day she will be sat reading stories to her children and encouraging them to believe in a world where absolutely anything can happen. Because in my world, the real world … it can.
I have faced adversity in my own life on a few occasions and it has been my unwavering faith in the cycle of life, and my ability to see that tomorrow can and very often will present a different view point, sometimes even a miracle that has allowed me to continue through some of the darkest of times.
For those that understand all the best story lines, there is always an adventure, the protagonist is faced with a challenge and thrown into a situation with a goal in mind, through a journey they face their fears and obstacles and when all seems lost (commonly referred to as the Dark Night of the Soul or All is lost scene) they suddenly turn the corner by discovering that they have the power within themselves to change their situation for the better and achieve their goal.
Not a little unlike real life.
And so, I found myself on this holiday inadvertently building my own dream of becoming an author because I didn’t want to get wet?
I already had some of the key ingredients for a story:
A young girl on a quest to find a real fairy
A love for rhyme and a story
A basic command of the English language
Pen & paper
I threw in a little sidekick friend, a dog, based on our comical and gorgeous own pug and the rest, as they say, is history!
You can get your copy of the Fairy Secret here.