It is so important that the world has foster carers. In any give year, there are 69,000 children in the UK who are placed in foster care and need someone other than their parents to take care of them.
Read this story about the amazing work that foster carers do. This is Itiesha’s story, a 32 year old foster carer from Bristol, UK:
I’m running a Thunderclap campaign to gain more exposure for my novel, UnShatter Me.
Please could you kindly click on the link and show your support.
UnShatter Me tackles some important teen issues, namely young mental health. Please help me get the support I deserve for my book. It needs some love and visibility right now.
Here is the link to my campaign:
The first draft of my new novel is now in the editing stages. Thanks for your guidance and support, Christie Stratos. It’s also been helpful watching teen movies about trauma and recovery, to help shape my lead character Teisha Cole. Finding my female character’s unique voice and place in the world during this crucial process, is not only necessary, but imperative. I savour that feeling of gently peeling back the many layers of Teisha’s character, hour by hour, to discover her true essence and quintessence. This is proving to be the most enjoyable and even spiritual part of editing, for me. Understanding my character’s mind and soul is the key to me creating a believable protagonist and a strong and convincing story.
What are your favourite parts about the editing process fellow authors?
I’ll set you a challenge… Go to any bookshop or library of your choosing. Venture to the teen/YA section and look for a book which has an interracial couple (Black guy/ white girl or white guy/ black girl) on the front cover.
Trust me, it will be hard. I’ve already done this and I couldn’t find one.
That’s why I decided to write one myself. My debut novel is called Unshatter Me and it is being published by UrbanEdge Publishing this summer. The book tells the moving story of two troubled teens – a middle class Greek girl, Alena Pavlis, who falls in love with a streetwise Caribbean guy, Phillip Gregson at college. The book shows how they handle conflicts and challenges as they fall deeply in love. What binds them together is also what could tear them apart, when they are faced with peer pressure and bad influences. Check it out when it is released this summer. It will be a new literary experience for you. This book is a rare find – and a catalyst for change.
Join the moment. We need more diverse books in 2015. I’m joining this movement for sure. Children’s and YA novels have got to change. More books featuring black, Asian and mixed race people, and young interracial couples, need to be visible in bookshops and in libraries.
If you do happen to find a YA book featuring an interracial couple on the front cover of a novel in a bookshop or library, please do drop me a line or send me a picture. You can email me directly at: email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you.