Having gone from secondary school, to sixth form, to my undergrad degree, to my PGCE, to my first teaching job (and working all the summers in between), I was really looking forward to having a relatively stress free (as stress free as possible when you are raising a tiny human!) 9 months away from work – 9 months where I could focus all of my time and energy on my little boy without anything work related getting in the way. I love my career, but I know how easily teaching can take over your life and I was having the best time on maternity leave. I didn’t want this extra pressure to spoil the precious moments I had with my little one. But equally, in between the nursing and the nappy changes and being at his beck and call pretty much 24/7 this was a chance to do something for me - another thing to be proud of. And hopefully in a few years time when he is old enough to understand, George can be proud of his Mummy too. I knew if I turned it down I would regret it.
Also, if JK Rowling could write Harry-freaking-Potter, best book series of all time, (also published by Bloomsbury fyi) while being a single mum, then I could write mine. Not that I am comparing myself to JK Rowling because she is the Queen.
Luckily, I have a very supportive husband who took on more than his fair share of the house work and took George swimming on his own every Sunday to give me time to write. I somehow managed to write most of the book before returning to work part time in November. In March this year, just over a week before George’s first birthday and a few weeks before my 30th I finished it. I’m so excited for it to be released later this year and to get my hands on a copy!
I have put my heart and soul into this book and I could not even tell you the amount of time I've spent on it, so I really hope you like it.
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