The project never came to fruition, but it did give me the
opportunity to meet Isabelle Woodward. Isabelle was the illustration student on
our project and eventually, four years later, became the illustrator for my
debut children’s book, Witches Don’t Wear Flip Flops. Without Plymouth and this
project, I would never had met Isabelle and her amazing artistic talents, meaning my
children’s book might not be the book it is today.
Push your own boundaries
I think you have to have lived a little to be able to captivate
an audience with your writing. ‘Write what you know’ is the pinnacle of writing
advice but it is hard to engage with audiences when all you know is comfort.
Push your boundaries a little - you don’t have to climb a mountain or jump out
of plane – take yourself out to breakfast alone, see a sunrise, do something
that scares you a little. The ‘norm’ is not a location in any good piece of
writing and you will find it hard to write outside of this zone if it is the
only experience you have.