Have you dreamed of writing a children’s book? Read this profile from Melanie Doré – Author of the Elephant Tree and discover how she did it.
I live in south west London with my husband Colin and two children Charis 18 and Josh 12. Up until three years ago I worked as Teaching Assistant and a Play worker. Then one day on my way to work I had a car accident and because of my injuries meant I had to take time off work to recover.
It was then I finally had time to realise my dream and write.
Like a lot of women trying to juggle work, children, house and other pressures/challenges that life has a habit of throwing at you I didn’t have the time or energy to pursue my dream. It was while off work recovering I finally had time to sit and write.
A few years earlier I wanted to write something that my daughter would enjoy and had written down a few rough ideas. With that in mind I decided it was now or never and put pen to paper and wrote my first children’s story The Elephant Tree. It wasn’t easy, quite often I would write something one day and go back to it the next and re-write it because I wasn’t happy with it. However, I found as the story developed the more ideas I had. As it is an historical children’s book set in the 1930’s and 1940’s there was a lot of research to do which I enjoy. I sent my story off to a few publishers so was delighted when Bookguild wrote back saying they would like to publish my story.
Although my children are getting older life is still as busy so have decided to give up work and focus on writing, at least for the time being.
I really want to give it my best shot. I can fit it around my family life and am lucky enough to have a supportive husband who is behind me a hundred percent.
I never thought that I would see my story in print and about to be published at the end of July. If It hadn’t have been for that accident as bad as it was I probably would have never realised my dream. Life is short and you never know what’s round the corner. I feel that surviving the crash has given me chance to do what I want to do with my life.