I cover some pretty disturbing storylines when writing, and whilst most of my readers enjoy my books, I know that some readers will find some of the subject matter difficult to read. But the issues I cover do happen, they are out there. And with every dark, murky tale, there is always a survivor: a strong person who battles through their harsh reality somehow, and that is what I champion.
I define myself as ‘simply a singer’. But I, like all of us, am so much more than just one thing… I plan to allow myself to be more open to my own creativity and my own voice, which is something I had to shut down for a little while. So I look forward to ‘the more’ that I will experience as I open the gate wider and wider… I want to leave positive things behind for others, whether it’s music, poetry, art, books or other forms of inspiration.
Trigger warning: child abuse, physical abuse To Train Up A Child: a child abuse manual (via http://donnanavarro.com) ‘To Train Up A Child’ is a parenting book by Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joys Ministries. It’s the most sickening book I’ve ever come across. You may have seen this book already. I stumbled across it after…
I’m drawn to the memoir genre because if I don’t write about my own experience, I feel like I’m drowning in it and I do need to ‘get it out’ and make sense of what is happening in my life…
I am a disabled graduate and have used writing as my escape from all that is going wrong with my body. I cannot get a job, so did the best I could with the skills I have, which seems to be working well for me… I have written six books: Fantacia, Bellazard, Orion, Sky, How to be a Writer, or Not! and Black & White Roses. I am mainly a dark fantasy writer for adults.
I used to manage care homes and during that time, I recognised there was a gap in the training delivered and that information was needed for my staff team, so I wrote some open learning workbooks to fill these gaps… My latest book, which has just been released ‘Beyond My Control: Why The Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother’ was difficult to write as it’s a true account of how my late mum suffered.
I write in whichever genre the story that’s demanding to be told falls into. ‘Chilled’ is a crime thriller but also a political thriller; ‘In the Wake of Angels’ is a spy thriller and I have another political thriller in the pipeline. I also research and write about PTSD and am working on an autobiography / self-help book which is much more academic.
I am a singer/songwriter in the classic sense of the word, penning classic melodies and lyrics… Authentic life experience but conveyed in an accessible way: either that of others or my own, particularly those of women – and relationships… I am drawn to such subjects for the emotion and the impact that has, both positive and negative in our lives, usually carrying a message of hope.
Those feelings and the memories of feeling so alone are at the heart of everything I do in the field today. The empathy towards those who are living with the same feelings and fighting against the same demons and stigma that I felt during those years drives me to stay connected to those who are living with addiction and all its surrounding issues… There are a number of different campaigns and actions that I support…such as the current need for consumption rooms to provide safer injecting facilities for those who inject their substance…due to the benefits…to individuals and communities.
SPIRITSHINE is a book of verse resulting from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When I was plunged into the depths of PTSD, I really was alone with nothing and no one safe to turn to. Thanks to counselling and her working with me to find one thing to get up for daily, I reconnected with my writing… Without writing, I am sure I would not even be here.
As I make her a cup of hot chocolate and count out free condoms, Dana takes a seat, tells me about last night. She waited on the streets for hours, frequently changing location in order to avoid police attention. The boyracers were out as usual, yelling abuse and throwing eggs as they sped by…. Gradually, the few remaining clients wore her down, and she agreed to do business with them for less than the usual price. She was out so long that she missed her hostel’s curfew and had to stay out… It’s late 2007 in Scotland, and the streets are cold…
A few days ago, when I was alerted to a website advertising for children to be sexually abused, I never expected it to be satire. The SexWork4U.com website advertised for ‘child sex workers’ to ‘start a rewarding career today’. There was a sign up form for children to make contact and another form to ‘refer friends and family’… SexWork4U had a Twitter account… After only 9 tweets, they had a following of 257 people. A lethal mix of 257 child sex abusers and vulnerable children.
The Merseyside hate crime model of policing prostitution leads the country. In these two documentaries for Inside Out, airing on BBC1 in the London and North West regions, writer Ruth Jacobs investigates why crimes against sex trade workers are going unpunished, clearly showing the urgency for the Merseyside model to be made UK wide to prevent more rapes and save lives, taking more rapists and murderers off the streets.
The purpose of the Hate Crime Awareness Week is to tackle local hate crime issues by raising awareness of what hate crime is and how to respond to it, encourage reporting, and promote local support services and resources…
I wanted to bring to light that as we evolve in age, we also mature mentally and highlight the beauty of our growth… I know now that Feminine Transitions is a tribute to that little girl who is constantly told by society that she is not beautiful. I want that girl to know that she is beautiful just the way she is… And finally to the senior woman who feels that her wrinkles are a negative reminder of growing older, I want her to know that each line is a story map of her soul and her wisdom.
The short film ‘Honest Lies’ is based on a story written Anita James, a woman who was previously in prostitution… Following the screening will be a discussion of the challenges and barriers faced by women seeking to leave the sex trade, ways in which they can be empowered and supported, and a clear message of support for a change in UK law, calling for people who are in prostitution to be decriminalised.
It’s my first novel outside the crime genre, what we call in the trade a ‘dad and a lad’ – it focuses on the often difficult father/son relationship… It’s been billed as semi-autobiographical, and to a certain extent a lot of Marti’s discoveries were mine after being born in Australia and abruptly dropping down in Ireland as an eight-year-old… There wasn’t much research, as such, it wasn’t that kind of book but there was a lot of backtracking on the past and re-examining what I remembered… I suppose you could say I’ve been researching this book since I was a nipper!
What was your most astonishing experience on a social network? The most horrific was discovering what was very obviously a large interconnected group of child sex abusers on Facebook. Being aware of Facebook’s inadequate policies and procedures, I reported this to law enforcement instead – the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the UK…