Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on children's book author Holly Marlow.
1. First, tell us a little about your book?
I write children’s books about adoption and fostering. My first book was “Delly Duck: Why A Little Chick Couldn't Stay With His Birth Mother,” to help answer some of the tricky and emotional questions children have about foster care and adoption and I have since released two books for biological children who are becoming elder siblings through adoption. I wrote Delly Duck while going through the process of adopting my son, to help my daughter to understand why some children cannot stay with their birth families. She is very inquisitive, so she and her new brother have inspired most of my stories! I am lucky that I’m related to some brilliant artists – my sister illustrated Delly Duck, and my daughter illustrated the big sibling series. That makes the books all the more special to me!
2. What kind of research did you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’m an adoptive and biological parent, and most of the research for my book was done in preparation for adopting my son, through training courses and reading. I didn’t expect to write a book. The first story sort of spilled out of me when I was trying to explain adoption to my daughter, and the next two are based on personal experiences of our family and friends who adopted.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
I left my job last summer to write books about adoption and foster care, which was a terrifying leap of faith! So I would give myself a heads up that it’ll be ok and people will actually buy them!
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space?
I have a desk in our guest room, which I love because there are windows on 3 sides of the room, so it’s lovely and bright during the day. I find it easier to focus if I sit on a yoga ball instead of a chair! My computer screens have a few post-its attached to them that my daughter has put there for me, with lovely pictures and messages like “I love you Mummy.” She sneaks them onto the computer screens, so sometimes I don’t notice them right away, but it’s lovely when I discover a new message!
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24 hours, who would you be?
I’d love to be George from Enid Blyton’s book series, “The Famous Five” for a day. I loved that series as a child and always marvelled at George’s amazing adventures, solving mysteries with her cousins!