There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
I love the idea of ’emerging’ talent; like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, previously hidden in the process of some amazing transformation – what could be more exciting than a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly – and with a book under its wing?
With this in mind I dedicate this page to new and some not so new writers whose dedication to craft and excellence I admire and want to acknowledge.
The following book by Hazel Barker is being released in September. It’s a memoir based on her personal story of growing up in war-torn Burma. Hazel says: ‘Within the context of a familiar war, Heaven Tempers the Wind tells an unfamiliar story that will also be of interest to readers who still live with memories of the war in Asia’. I can’t wait to read it.
Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child tells the story of a Eurasian family caught up in the Japanese occupation of Burma during World War Two. Much of the family story is told from the point of view of the fourth child. It depicts their flight from invading forces, and gives vivid accounts of the war.
The narrative follows the family from a comfortable life under British colonial rule, to the invasion of a foreign power which renders them homeless, sick and starving. The story concludes with the end of war.