Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and the children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Under the Shanklin sky, book series by Barbara Studham. www.barbarastudham.com


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Beat stress through writing, by Barbara Studham

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.

Under the Shanklin sky, book series by Barbara Studham. www.barbarastudham.com

Under the Shanklin sky book series by Barbara Studham. http://www.barbarastudham.com

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.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.
Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com
FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham
Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society posted my two children's FASD pic books on Facebook. The books THE SCHOOL DAY and FIDGET! are available from Amazon. www,barbarastudham.com www.challengedhope.com


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Reviews are Appreciated! by Barbara Studham

Promotion is key!

Promoting one’s books is difficult as it is often regarded as bragging, so when others review or promote my books, I am very appreciative. I want to give a shout out to the following people for their support. 

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society posted my two children's FASD pic books on Facebook. The books THE SCHOOL DAY and FIDGET! are available from Amazon. www,barbarastudham.com www.challengedhope.com

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society

Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society recently posted about my series on Facebook. It is always a nice surprise to log into Facebook and see my books staring back at me. THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! are the first two in the, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series.

THE SCHOOL DAY focuses on the challenges of students with FASD. FIDGET! highlights the hyperactivity of kids with FASD, and how their fidgeting irritates people who do not understand the symptoms of the disorder. Currently in progress is the third in the series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH! Children with FASD are rarely invited to children’s birthday parties as the loud noises and activities can overwhelm their senses causing them to break down. THE BIRTHDAY BASH tells what happens when Strawberry & Cracker attend their big brother’s birthday party. 


In their Weekly Round up, Nofas.org posted this picture of my latest Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, picture book titled FIDGET! Available from AMAZON. www.challengedhope.com, www.barbarastudham.com

Nofas.org Weekly Round Up

In their Weekly Round Up, nofas.org mentioned my new children’s FASD picture book FIDGET! Here is a blurb on the contents of the book. 

BOOK BLURB for FIDGET!

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting.

FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting.


Heather Lamb with paints at the ready working on the Illustrations for the third in the Strawberry & Cracker series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH! www.barbarastudham.com

Heather Lamb with paints at the ready to illustrate THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

I also want to thank Heather Lamb who is working on the third book in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series, titled THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Book blurb.

THE BIRTHDAY BASH! Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The twins live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. Big brother, Rocky who lives with his foster dads, their two children, and dog Millie, is turning thirteen. When Rocky invites the twins to his birthday party, Grandma recalls previous disastrous celebrations involving the twins. Rocky’s foster dad, Sergio, suggests strategies for a successful party, but during the festivities, the twins become overwhelmed and spoil everyone’s fun. When things get too loud, Grandma and the twins make a hasty retreat!

Soon to be released on AMAZON!


REVIEWS ARE APPRECIATED!
Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham