It’s so exciting to seek an audience of diligent readers, once more.
You’re the first to know, I’m writing on a new book. If you liked ‘What If I Go?’ then please request a PDF copy of my latest work-in-progress. If you haven’t yet read my debut thriller for New Adults, then I can arrange for a cut-priced copy to be sent your way. That is to check you can tolerate my accessible style of writing. Just ask.
This new work would suit young adults, too. There are serious moments in this coming-of-age book but it’s lighter than the last! Without spoilers, the story is an alternate history.
Please, send questions if you so wish. Happy holiday reading.
Do you ever think I’m happy but sad when one thing finishes? Then, I’m both excited but terrified at the thought of the next project beginning. That could just be me when other writing is still waiting to reach an audience. My next challenge is to write an inspirational song. That should be fun!
Then, I bake to cheer myself up and to stop the worrying. Or is that to prevent putting pen to paper? Umm.
Don’t worry! This Sicilian lemon cake with pecans is for sharing with my family…
I’ll just have a small slither, I promise. Then, we’ll go for a jog.
Enjoy the bank holiday! I suppose you’ll treat yourself to something much more healthy.
Below is the most authentic kind of review- the type every writer values. It is an honest reflection of the book, for which I’m most grateful. Despite surviving child sexual abuse, Erin bravely raises awareness with boldness. I am grateful to her. The blog can be seen here-
‘I have read about half your book but am afraid I can go no further as it is too triggering for me. Here is my review which I am sure relates to the overall book.
What if I Go? is a well-crafted book written by Polly White which follows the journey of Grace Negrescu from Romania to the UK. She finds herself caught up in an abusive situation way beyond her control. The scenes describing the abuse are raw and evocative painting the underworld in its’ true light.
Grace meets a worker at the Centre called Joe who gives her faith back by helping her find her way through justice. Faith becomes a pivotal part of Grace’s life.
As Polly, herself says this is a cautionary tale for older teens, parents, anyone who’s questioned how innocent students from good families are so easily sucked into the sleazy underworld.
I highly recommend this gripping book. It is a true page-turner.
Thanks for sending the book to me. It was an honour to read it and I’m sorry I couldn’t finish it. Maybe I will one day but that time is not right of me now.’
Partition and Partying; Breaking Up and Breaking Free.
A series of staged readings of four striking short plays by newly discovered East Midlands female writers of South Asian descent, as part of Kali Theatre‘s DISCOVERY programme. This was at the Curve Theatre, Leicester last week.
The play “Risk” by Farhana Shaikh succinctly unpeeled domestic abuse tales from a front room with the social worker. There was an ending that I didn’t expect. It was a shocker that had to be told. She is from Dahlia Publishing if you want to grab a copy of the play.
Recently, I read the end of this book by Elizabeth Gilbert … So this is a partial review! I was particularly interested in the third part that is set in Bali, Indonesia. After last years shocking earthquake in neighbouring Lombok, I was curious to know of the fate of the locals. The volcano there has started to smoke and reading about their eco-tourism, I began to appreciate the diligence and grace of the people. While the latter part of the book is somewhat narcissistic New Age it explained some of the belief systems that helped the protagonist find balance in her life, after she had a difficult time with relationships.
I suppose the memoir was about building herself up again, in a highly flamboyant way. Most of us couldn’t afford this lap of luxury but I get the concept of learning to love yourself before you can love another. Also, taking on the mantra of those who smile through pain and hardship after natural disasters is interesting. Elizabeth explored Hindu spirituality and meditation in her journey. I agree that the concept of belonging is important. Finding an identity helps prepare for redemption, humility and patience to bear with one another in love.
For me, it is the Christian faith that teaches those solid foundations offering us a purpose.