'TELLING THE SEA' - Lion Publishing
Nona and her family have run away to a remote corner of Wales to escape the past. They don’t want friends and they don’t want to be found. But soon Nona’s troubles are entwined with those of Owen, a local boy whose journal she has found. Together they defy their families, sharing their secret longings and fears. But finally - alone - Nona faces the trap that the wild Welsh sea has set for her…
When I started ‘Telling the Sea’, I was meant to be writing another book, but this one came along instead. Writing it was one of my happiest experiences as an author. Perhaps that’s because its location - Dinas Common, Pembrokeshire - is one of my favourite places. So much of what I wrote is there just as I describe it. The cottage where Nona and her family struggled to hide from Uncle Brady and make themselves new lives is there, if you only know where to look. And some of the stories of what happens to them have their roots in true events - like the mysterious camper on the common, and the rabbit-gutting incident, which happened in real life - and I’ve still got the rabbit skin to prove it. And, most of all, the sea is there, just as I wrote about it, setting the same traps for me that it set for Nona, every time I go down.