COMMITMENT AND PERSEVERANCE ONE GETS YOU STARTED, THE OTHER KEEPS YOU GOING

When I was four my mum read Treasure Island to me and I’m pretty sure that’s when I decided I wanted to be a novelist. Not that I would have understood any of that at the time. All I knew was that some power had whisked me away from an ordinary suburban childhood to a place that was exciting and scary and filled with the most amazing characters. Later I would realize that this was what novels did and that I wanted to be able to do that – create and live in these alternative worlds.

During my teens I wrote a little ...

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