Favourite quote: ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'
- To Kill A Mockingbird
Mam to a bonny bairn; communication support worker/teaching assistant. Every spare moment, I write. I love to Lindy Hop and tap dance.
I am a mam, teaching assistant and communication support worker, and a writer of screenplays, plays and short stories; often to be found writing beyond the 'witching hour' to get writing done. After being shortlisted in the Commonword Children's Diversity novel writing prize in 2013 - when I had the privilege of meeting the Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman - an extract from my novel Wallace’s Brat is to be published in an anthology in 2018. I am currently working on a redraft of the novel.
Last year I was one of the winners of Impact50 with my script Francis of Fell End Farm. 2017 has been a busy, challenging and productive year as I went on a journey to bring together a team of people to film Francis of Fell End Farm, which has entered post-production phase.
I also look forward to the publication of A night with Lucille Hogweed in the forthcoming Twisted50 volume 2 short story anthology.
A hesitant writer recently asked about writing.
“I want to write a book. Where do you find the time? Where do you get the ideas? You must have a good imagination.”
I said something along the lines of - “You just have to start writing.”
Of course, this is true (and obvious) but if I’d had a little more time, I might have said –
Dear hesitant writer...
Nervously excited I pressed the play button to hear the extract from ‘Busy Izzie’. Tantalising snippets of music… Why is the music stuttering?
My temperamental laptop froze. My giddy aunt! I closed and restarted the browser…
Tinkling, repeated piano notes, giving a feeling that ‘something wicked this way comes’, which immediately had me imagining Izzie playing on Aunt Delphie’s piano, only for evil Anwyn to join in with the left hand, sinisterly.
Then Kat Rose Martin spoke...“Busy Izzie. By Milethia Thomas.”
I’m a scaredy-cat… when it comes to reading or watching horror - there’s no denying that. It probably stems from walking into the living-room, when I was about six, to tell my mam that I was
frightened of the dark, just as, on the television screen, a shadowy face emerged from the darkness and peered through the window of someone’s house. I’ve no idea what the film/programme was – it
probably wasn’t a horror – but it played out as a horror in my 6-year-old mind.
I’m all right now though.
I’ve written a few ‘chilling’ stories in the past but would never have described myself as a ‘horror writer’; indeed, I would have shied away from reading or watching something of this genre. I’d read Edgar Allan Poe, Dracula, and some Stephen King; The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a favourite book I read as a child, about a poltergeist; one of my favourite films is Spielberg’s Poltergeist, but you wouldn’t find me watching anything gory.