Note from the author...

Hi and welcome to, Kingdom of Lost Children! So, you want to know more about me? Well, I'm a child of the world, I guess...

I was born in a small town in the southern US state of North Carolina. My mother and I travelled often, but it was at the age of twelve, after our move to England with my young siblings, that my fascination with all things ancient and magical began to thrive. Any moment I could steal away, was spent in gothic churches, old libraries and museums; my favourite being the many antiquities sections at the British Museum. It was this that later spurred my study of ancient documents, archaeology and travel to ancient sites across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

I can never remember a time that my head wasn't buried in books or my hands not covered with pencil lead after hours of drawing. I won my first art competition at the age of five for Hallmark Cards and later, at seven, for my creative article and cover painting for my favourite classic book, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After graduating from Kingston University, I began my career as a designer, working and living in London, New York, Australia (I married an Australian!) and finally Hong Kong.

But my fascination with the written word never left me and as the years passed a story began to brew in my mind. Try as I might, I couldn't escape it. For ten years I wrote a little here, a little there, in journals and on scrap pieces of paper; until I realised I had a book, Kingdom of Lost Children.

So, what was my inspiration? The enchantment of European legends, the mysterious archaic past of the Middle East, the colourful cultures of Asia, ancient magic, fantasy adventure, lost kingdoms, strange creatures and fantastical worlds? Yes, but I was also inspired by a very human story. The challenges and battles many of us face to survive; that we have the right to live and pursue our gifts without fear of oppression; that we are not alone; that no matter how small we feel, together we can be a formidable force on this planet; that if we believe in ourselves we have the ability to achieve incredible things; and greater than any magic, force or enemy, our greatest power is our voice.

A special thank you to my wonderful husband, Anthony, for all his support and to my friend and talented photographer, Paul, who took this photograph in the ancient city of Ostia Antica, just outside of Rome. You can view more of his incredible work at:

www.paulockleshawphotography.com

Kingdom of Lost Children: The Book of Ren

Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, Fantasy Art

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