I am the author of Once Upon A Real Life! I also have a business; Findoway. Findoway is a perfect merging of both my married and my maiden name and it seemed so fitting when forming a business designed to help others find a way through life’s many twists and turns.

I’m from a small town in the UK. I have lived and grown up in the same town all my life. I am happily married to my knight in shining armour who helped rescue me at my lowest point back in 2004. Together we have grown our family and I am now a proud mamma to four incredible children; my nineteen year old daughter and my three sons aged seventeen, fourteen and ten. We have a very hectic schedule managing work, the children, the pets and our own lives but I wouldn’t have it any other way. No two days are the same and if I’m honest one of my favourite things to do is have a duvet day with the kids’ playing cards and watching a good movie!

My life’s journey thus far has been a lifelong desire to find myself, to feel like I “fit in”, feel accepted, or that I mattered, unfortunately along that path of self-discovery I had to fall apart quite a lot and go through some really tough times. I am now at a pretty good place with myself and learn to love myself more each day, which is made easier by the way my husband and children show me how they love, trust and accept me and my feelings, as I do them.

The book stemmed from a lifetime of writing fictional stories of experiences I had in order to help deal with them. Sometimes I would write poems, sometimes full stories. But when I ran out of trauma to write, I realised I had helped myself through a whole lot of pain, and now I found myself in unfamiliar territory. I was no longer having to write about my ‘dream’ life or put pen to paper when I didn’t have the strength to fight back at someone who was torturing me. So what now? I had the imagination to continue writing fictional stories, which I did and still do, but I felt all these poems, all these pages of experience I had written as a personal novel had to have amounted to something. While lots of the people I went to school with went to Uni or followed a career path, I realised all I had done was experience traumatic events and write about them – but what if that was my own personalised degree? What if I did something with the knowledge I had gained, and helped others to self soothe like I had done when there were no obvious or available sources of support? So, I began writing in a different way, this time helping myself make sense of the way in which I had written to date, and Once Upon A Real Life was born.

I am excited for my book to be in the world in a physical form and I feel like it is a beautiful end to a long, painful chapter, on to the next one!

I look forward to sharing more of me and my work with you as time goes on, but in the meantime if you have any questions, simply email hello@onceuponareallife.co.uk