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From an early age I have been writing, I think it was because my mother would read to me every night as I was a child. I remember writing a story about a girl called Sammy when I was a teenager, but unfortunately the very basic computer I had broke and I lost everything. I don't think I ever got over the loss.
I grew up in a large town called Swindon, in England. I was a shy girl, preferring my own company. I had a bit of a strange upbringing; during Primary School I refused to talk to anyone and had very limited friends, and so my parents decided to send me to a different school than my peers, in the hopes I'd start talking, but I never did. I became the girl who whispered.
Through the whole of my secondary education I struggled through not talking but whispering. I again only had a few friends and preferred to hide away from the scary real world where people laughed at me and questioned what was wrong with my voice.
After school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, other than be normal like everyone else. I had a lve for cars and wanted to be a mehanic but ended up studying computer programming at college. Dad's suggestion. Although I was no longer the girl who whispered, I found my voice again and my confidence grew. Although socialising was difficult.
A few years later I quit college and decided to find out what I wanted to do. I got a part time job at Halfords, my confidence growing more and more, I quit Halfords, travelled to Australia and suddenly I realised something wasn't right. I was constantly unhappy.
When I came back from a very rocky 8 months in Australia, I went back to the doctors and was diagnosed with depression.
Life since then has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Making friends and loosing friends. Having relationships and breaking up. Medications and counselling. And lots of questions; What am I supposed to do with my life? When will I finally be happy? What can I do to fix my depression?
In the end I realised my depression wasn't something I could fix, but something I had to learn to live with, to cope with and to 'train'; myself to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. It was difficult, and still is today.
But one thing that I found helped was reading. Escaping into the world of books. I found myself escaping my boring, depressing and lonely life in books. Harry Potter was my first and probably my biggest obsession. But I have others like Divergent, Hunger Games, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, they all helped me escape the real world.
I wrote my own too, mainly just little fan-fiction stories I'd keep to myself, pretending I was in the world of Harry Potter. Or writing stories where I was someone else in the real world.
Then one day I realised I should turn these stories into books! (Without copywriting someone else's work of course!) So that is where I am now, at the age of 28, still unsure what to do with my life, but at least I am writing and sharing my stories with the real world and not just the fantasy world!