‘I Have Lived Today,’ and We Can Help Kids Tomorrow

I’ve been asked by those in the know why I chose to write about such a dark theme in my novel, and the answer is, ‘I really don’t know.’
With NaNoWriMo, you’re supposed to begin with nothing more than a glimmer of an idea, maybe one character, and that’s it. All I had was the idea of an isolated kid, somewhere in England. On Day 1, I started writing, and without really knowing why, it developed into a tale of physical abuse and psychological torment. After reading the excerpt in last week’s newsletter, one of my former proffessors at the U.E.A. had this to say:

“I cannot bear the thought of violence against children, and I’m sorry to say that your first paragraph actually put me off (buying the book).  But that is not your fault, that is to do with me and my lovely five-year old. The thought of anyone lifting a hand against a small and gentle creature like her makes me well-nigh sick. So here is the question: why begin with such a violent image?”

It’s a very valid question, and I suppose my answer is that I wanted to start out with a strong, shocking scene. She also added this:

“Your writing of it is powerful, don’t get me wrong.”

So I guess it worked. I’ve always had an abhorrence for any form of child abuse, and in fact for fifteen years I had a Direct Debit set up with the N.S.P.C.C, that great British Children’s Charity. Since my story took on such a dark and abusive theme, I’ve now decided to donate 10% of all royalties I make from sales to the N.S.P.C.C. It’s the very least I can do.

Before you ask, I have no personal experience of such heinous crimes, but I sympathize greatly with anyone that does. By donating my little bit to such a great cause, you’ll also know that a little of your hard earned money, that you’ve so kindly spent on my book, also goes towards helping kids that need it the most. If you are not buying my book, you can still donate to this worthy cause HERE

Below is a slideshow of a few stark and terrible statistics about child abuse in the U.K.

Just scroll left or right to see.

If you’d like to buy my book, and at the same time donate a little cash to the N.S.P.C.C, then follow one of the links below:

Paperback: Createspace = More royalties = more donation

U.K. Kindle

U.S. Kindle

Paperback via Amazon U.K. = Less royalties = Less Donation

Paperback via U.S. = Less Royalties = Less Donation



  • October 21, 2014

    Fiona London-Unattached

    your comment system rejected my comment three times…! I normally sign my name as Fiona @ London-Unattached (with all the spaces and not a hyperlink)

  • October 20, 2014

    Lisa Chavis

    Bravo for finishing your book and having the courage to write it YOUR way! Your voice may be the only way many people will ever face the reality of child abuse. Congratulations! Your willingness to donate a portion of the proceeds to NSPCC is a very kind and generous act. Thank you!

    • October 20, 2014


      Hi there Lisa.
      Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the support.

      Like I said, it’s the least I can do. However, I seriously doubt I’ll sell that many books, so I doubt I’ll have much cash to donate. But every little helps, right?

      If there’s anything you can do to help me in this venture, both I and I’m sure the N.S.P.C.C. would be grateful.

      Thanks, and have a great week,


  • October 20, 2014


    As a mom of two young kids, the thought of violence against children just sickens me. However I know just how rampant child abuse is, especially here in the US and it’s time that all of us open our eyes and do something about it. Thank you for donating proceeds of your book to helping this cause.

    • October 20, 2014


      Hello there.

      Thanks for the support.
      If you have any way to help get this project more widely seen, both I and I am sure the N.S.P.C.C would be very grateful.

      Many thanks, and have a great week.