THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME?
I love to write books I want to read. I aim to create something beautiful out of nothing, and I like to share things I’m passionate about or that I’ve learnt along this big old complicated road called life. If you’re around me long enough you’ll discover I am a walking, singing, dancing queen too. That’s just who I am.
I grew up between the four walls of YorkHill Children’s Hospital, and my family home where I loved to sing, write poems, draw, and dance too. It took me 9 years to convince my mum to take me to dance school, and despite being scouted for my writing ability early on, it wasn’t something that I paid that much attention too. Sure, I loved to write poems, and get lost in my local library for hours just looking at book covers. I’m not sure I read much. I loved cartoons, and TV shows, but I do remember Dilly The Dinosaur, Stig of the dump and Rold Dahl books making a huge impact on me as a kid. I loved the classics too. Black Beauty and The Secret Garden. Although, the film left me slightly bewildered. I was a rather fussy reader, and by the time I got to high school I had mastered reading the back of books and discussing my book review with the class. Not the greatest advert for myself, but I was young, naïve and I had an innate inability to sit in one place for too long, except for watching films – rom coms to be exact. I’ve seen every one a least a gazillion times. It’s rare that I find one I haven’t seen. I do watch other stuff too, but to get lost the the world of imagination and think of a better way to write the story. Of course, I mean better, in my opinion.
My school reports would often refer to me as ‘a lovely girl, who dreams a lot in class, but shows great enthusiasm.’ ‘Leanne has an over-active imagination, who talks to much, but with a little more focus I think she will do well.’ It was something to that effect.
From there I wrote and published my first piece of work – a poem in a book called Spellbound, which was published by our local council. I wrote a lot of poems to begin with, and at first thought I would go down the route of scriptwriting. Instead, I embraced the world of Journalism after a good few years of rebellion. I actually left school and took on an HND course in publishing, which I now wish I had continued into the second year, instead of switching to Journalism. I had a real nack for typography, print and layout too. Funny enough, this is an area I have gone onto excel in professionally as a digital content and social media manger – www.thesocialexchangeblog.com.
Along the way, I’ve wrote songs, stories, and filled a library of my own with journals, thoughts and stories of characters I will one day pull together and share with the world. I am currently working on the longest edit in history. Jokes. Cringe. At least, I hope not.
I wrote my first novel in 2011, and since then it’s been an interesting and intense ride. I lost 13 chapters due to computer malfunction. And before you say anything, I did back it up on a memory stick, and email. All of which seemed to be useless. The memory stick wiped itself as I plugged it into my new (then) computer.
So there we have it… a snapshot about me. I am ploughing through this edit, and have every intension to publish this witty and moving tale of Sophie Townsend. I’ve got a few more novels in me too, so I hope we can go on this journey together through the twists and turns, and jolt of our imagination into a world that is engaging, funny, colourful, and creative. I’d like to get the balance between entertaining and thought-provoking. If I can spark your imagination to create your own story, and live your dream, whilst making a difference, then my dream has come true.
If you’d like to support me on my journey and goal to work full-time on creating more characters to inspire, videos to show my behind the scenes of running my business and helping me create more products for Frame Your World, you can check out my Patreon if you like. I also give lots of free products and early access to my content over there so thank you again for taking the time to stop by my little site and read a little about my journey.