My second novel, In Your Light, publishes in May 2018. Here is a sneak peek of what it’s about…
Lil is desperate to find her sister Mella, who went missing four months ago. There has been no trace or sighting of her since.
Alice is fleeing her home — a seemingly peaceful community known as The Sisterhood of the Light. Why then is she so scared that the sisters will find her?
Could Alice hold the key to Mella’s disappearance?
And what happens if the Sisterhood is unwilling to let its daughters go?
Inspiration behind In Your Light:
This book was partly inspired by my time as a volunteer at Missing People, an organization that supports both those who are missing and their families. The issue of “missing” is a complex one, and it affects more people than you might think. More than 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year, and approximately 140,000 of those are children and young adults. In the US that figure stands at more like 700,000, of which around 500,000 are under the age of 18. The majority (around 79 per cent) are found within the first 24 hours. Sadly, though, many cases remain unsolved or are never reported to the police.
Working on the 24-hour helpline was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I still think about the people I spoke to and I wonder how they are doing. I hope they are okay; I hope I helped them, even if only by listening to them when they had no one else. Often I didn’t even know their name.
All characters and events in this novel are entirely fictional, but I hope it shines some light on this complex and heartbreaking issue. If you would like to learn more about it, there are some excellent resources on the Missing People website (www.missingpeople.org.uk).
And if you, or anyone you know are affected by any of these issues, please know that you are not alone. There are people who want to help you. Below is a list of organisations that can provide advice, support, or even just someone to talk to.
Call 0800 1111 (free in UK)
Call 116 123 (free in UK and ROI)