All you need: pen/paper/laptop/imagination!
I have to admit, I have more confidence in my non-fiction writing as opposed to my fiction. Reviewers are tougher on my fiction, possibly because they are unaware of the equal amount of tears I shed over my fiction manuscripts as my memoirs. I wrote fiction during my chaotic days of raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, an FASD diagnosis. If things went well during bedtime, with no child wandering the house, sleepwalking, or having a screaming meltdown, I would sit at my laptop and release the day’s stress through writing. Due to my homesickness for Britain’s south coast, I created stories around a fictional retiree who moved from London to Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. It was my way of being there at least in spirit.
Beat stress through writing!
Though written several years ago when my grandchildren were youngsters, I enjoyed writing the Under the Shanklin Sky fictional series. There are six books in the series: Under the Shanklin Sky, The Faring Foxglove, The Bathing Beauty, A Hint of Spring, The Spitting Image, and, Mann Overboard. All are available from AMAZON in ebook format for 0.99 usd cents.
Contained within each story is my tears, fears, and mood of the day. Raising children with FAS is stressful; escaping into a fictional world was essential for my well-being. As you read each story, you’ll connect with my highs and lows of the day; sometimes frivolous, other times dramatic. Either way, I accompanied the main character, Milly Mullan, a retiree who moved from London to Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, as she sleuthed her way around the scenic seaside town.
I still parent grandchildren but they are now teens and more independant which gives me time to create my Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FASD picture book series (see my FASD blog, http://www.challengedhope.com), but when I think of my fiction, I am reminded of my struggles, challenges, fears, hopes, and dreams when the children were small.
Barbara Studham’s bio:
Barbara Studham, the memoir writer — I wrote my first #FASD memoir titled Two Decades of Diapers in 2014; my second #FASD memoir titled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years in 2016. Both cover the twenty years I parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Barbara Studham, the fiction writer — I also write fiction, including the English seaside series, Under the Shanklin Sky. Barbara Studham, the children’s FASD picture book creator — My latest creation is a children’s #FASD picture book series titled Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See, THE SCHOOL DAY, FIDGET! and ADVOCATE! on AMAZON. Soon available: The Birthday Bash, The Twins Learn Of Their Disorder, and, The Twins cause Havoc.