Today is a very exciting day. Today you get another brilliant author guest post! Today, Gary Haq, author of the brilliant ‘My Dad, The Earth Warrior’ is featured on my blog. Gary has a passion for engaging children in talking about and learning about the environment. As a teacher, this is REALLY important to me, so I hope you enjoy Gary’s post!
As an environmental researcher, I have written scientific papers and reports, non-fiction books and Op-Eds for the regional and national press but never fiction.
But that all changed when my mother died. Clearing out the family home I came across my Nana’s large well-worn black patent leather handbag. We had kept it for years in the back of the wardrobe, and for some reason, the bag became a repository for all the important family documents.
Inside there were death and birth certificates of grandparents and relatives, a telegram from the Ministry of Defence informing that my grandfather was lost at sea in the Second World War, a letter of from King George honouring his service to the nation, and my primary school reports in a battered brown envelope.
In my old school report, there was a statement from my primary school teacher that said how much I enjoyed writing stories.
As an academic researcher my career has been all about facts and referencing evidence. I had totally forgotten the joy of making up stories.
I therefore decided to revisit the imagination I had as a child. Once I had opened that door in my mind, I was flooded ideas for a children’s book. Then one day, I was dancing around the living room being silly trying to calm my baby daughter, and thought how embarrassing she would find this if she were older. It was then, I had the idea for a story about a boy who has an embarrassing father
Someone said that writing is about 10% putting words on paper and 90% editing – it’s true! It took me six months to write my first draft and six years editing it!
Since I have a busy home and work life, I try to find pockets of time to write and edit throughout my day. I do try to write at home but this has become increasingly difficult as my daughter grown older. But here are a few places where I do manage to put pen to paper.
ON THE BUS
Being temporarily based in Italy at a European research Centre, my workday begins by taking the bus to work, where I try and write and edit.
AT THE CAFFE’
In Italy you can’t start the day without your morning coffee. I visit a café before work to have my morning café macchiato, write a little and watch the array of characters that passby.
IN THE CANTEEN
At lunch time, when fellow colleagues go to the canteen to eat together, I go alone so I can use the time to work on my book although, my view is not always a concrete pillar!
What a brilliant post! Thank you so much to Gary to writing a blog post! It’s brilliant. Check out the rest of the blog tour below!
You can also check out My Dad, The Earth Warrior out now!