My blog guest this week is a fellow author who hosts a brilliant podcast that I was lucky enough to be a guest on recently. Deborah is a welcoming and professional host, that I immediately felt at ease and had a wonderful time. You can check our interview out here.
Deborah has such a warm and friendly personality, that she has an ability to make everything a lot of fun. Her writing journey is really interesting, so find out more from Deborah, here today.
I write feel-good, uplifting reads that deal with real-life issues. I spent my working life listening to people who were experiencing adversity, enabling them to recognise and use the resources available to them including: their inner strength and wisdom, friends, and community. As an author, I enjoy giving a voice to these ordinary people who show incredible courage and write them a happy ending. My stories are about the power of friendship, community, and personal development.
In the past year I have published two novels, become a tweet-chat host with the popular #FriSalon, presented a weekly YouTube programme and Podcast Castaway Books, and posted a weekly blog. I have learnt so much and met some amazing people. On 1st August it will be one year since The Borrowed Boy was published and so I am delighted to be able to celebrate by telling you about it here.
The Borrowed Boy. Book blurb:
A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.
What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.
Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life changing journey.
Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.
Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care.
After writing serious case reviews and domestic homicide reviews for work, Deborah now chooses to write happy endings for her protagonists. Her page-turning, feel-good stories are about self-discovery, second-chances, friendship and community.
The Borrowed Boy, her debut, was shortlisted for the Deviant Minds Award 2019, awarded book of the month by Chill with a Book readers, and awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion. Her second novel Just Bea was published in February 2021.
Deborah lives on the Essex coast, England. She loves to walk by the sea or the surrounding countryside where she fills her pockets with shells, and acorns, and her head with stories.
Links to buy:
Universal link for ebook. https://books2read.com/TheBorrowedBoy
All good bookshops and available in libraries.