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'
Mam to a bonny bairn; communication support worker/teaching assistant. Every spare moment, I write. I love to tap dance.The Nicholas Brothers are my
Milethia is a mam, teaching assistant and communication support worker, who is often to be found writing beyond the 'witching hour'. She was shortlisted in the Commonword Children's Diversity novel writing prize 2013 and was privileged to meet Malorie Blackman, who was the Children's Laureate. This year she was a semi-finalist in the BlueCat short screenplay competition; shortlisted in the Chesil Theatre's David Bowie inspired short play competition; 'The Impact' winner and 'Twisted's Evil Little Sister' winner.
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.