An introduction to the book section
IN WHATEVER SOCIETY WE LIVE, stories are an essential part of growing up and helping us to become members of our community. The very first contact a child has with storytelling is often the bed time story. In the safety and warmth of their bed, their imagination can be stirred; the seeds sewn, showing the child what wonders are to be found in a book.
It is through stories that children learn about values and roles, about good and evil, about fun and silliness, about happiness and sadness – about life and death. It is through stories that children can make sense of a confused world and learn to overcome the obstacles they will inevitably meet.
I haven't written a novel since 'The Robber Baron’s Daughter', published in 2009/10 though I am working on one now. But in the meantime, my love of the short story, fairytale, myth and legend has given me plenty to write about and contribute to.