About Me



I have written my autobiography over three books for my daughter, which has taken me on the most amazing journey! Amelia’s Story, Amelia’s Destiny and Amelia The Mother is my life story. Following the release of my autobiography, I went on to write 11 more books over three years: Broken Wings, Tears of Endurance, Whispers from Heaven, The Poppy Fields book #1, The Poppy Fields Book #2 , The poppy Fields book #3,  Heart and Mind, Military Boots , A Soldier’s Fear, Forbidden and DISSOLUTION. I am currently penning my 15th novel, which is due for release Autumn 2017. This is an emotion-charged romantic Suspense that will truly test my readers emotions…

Writing is a great passion of mine and one I never tire from! I am always thinking ahead and often have my next story lined up in my head before finishing another. I am doing my dream job and I feel truly blessed. Although, I had a very long road to journey before reaching this wonderful time in my life.

I am a proud and devoted mother, blogger, and of course writer.  I am a  lover of the great outdoors, running, power walking and swimming. I am a member of various book groups and I also have my own book group, called “Writers and their books,” which currently has around 1,505 members.  My loves are good food and good books, which I devour at an alarming rate! I love travelling and plan to take my daughter all around the world one day.



My daughter is my whole world –  the love of my life. (The child first and foremost). My belief is, always treat people how you wish to be treated yourself.  I love life and all that it has to offer. There is so much more for me to discover, new adventures to journey and show the world to my daughter. I want to take her to the far corners of the earth and delight in seeing her lovely face light up at the wonder of it all.



I often lend my time as a Paper Reviewer for BBC Radio WM 95.6 FM, with Radio Presenter and Film Maker, Adrian Goldberg, who I am pictured with above. I love reviewing the morning papers and discussing current events here in the UK and around the world.

My own life story reads like a very tragic novel and that is why I have chosen to write about it for my daughter. So that she better understands her mother and her life. I hope you all enjoy my weekly blogs. They will be filled with the positive’s and negative’s of writing books, while juggling motherhood and daily life – not easy by anyone’s standards, especially as my princess is not a great fan of sleeping! There will be words of wisdom and plenty of humour.  Enjoy and please feel free to comment…

I would like to share this quote with you from an unknown author: Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away…


26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Dawn,

    I just read your two biographical books and wonder about the cruelty of people to children and animals. Thanks for writing this.

    Have you ever heard from or about your mother again? I hope you find your sisters. God Bless.

    Kathi Hall

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment here on my humble blog. I am not in touch with my sisters, sadly. My mother remains a stranger in my life at present. God bless you x

  2. I got your first ebook free through bookbub and Amazon as soon as I finished it I went straight to Amazon and bought the second one. I had to find out if you and your siblings found each other. I am so sorry you have not found your sisters, but who knows what the future will bring.
    I wish you and all of your family the very best for the future.

    1. Hi Elaine,
      Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to write to me. I really appreciate it. Your comments made my day. I am currently penning the third and final book in the Amelia series. This answers many questions by readers, which I could not answer in book #2. It also takes you on a journey with Amelia through her own experiences as a mother now.
      God bless you and yours xxx

  3. Hi Dawn, I don’t know whether you will remember me or not. I am married to Peggy’s cousin Derek and we met at the diamond wedding celebration earlier this year. I have been trying to get hold of Peggy and Harry for about a week now with no success. Do you know whether they are on holiday. We would be very grateful for any news. I hope you do not mind me getting in touch like this but it was the only way I could think of as I do not have a contact number for clive.
    Margaret & Derk

    1. Hi Margaret,

      So sorry for the late reply. I get thousands of messages a day. They were in hospital for a few days. But they are home now. They are feeling much better. Try ringing them again now as they should answer. :)

  4. Hello Dawn,

    You probably won’t remember me, but I was at Cotsbrook Hall and left 1984. I’m well happy that you managed to achieve your goal becoming a author.


    Patrick or Paddy lol

    1. Hi Paddy,
      Yes, I remember you well! It is good to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message here. How are you??

      1. Hi Dawn,

        I’m really well, Ive bought both of your books Amelia’s story and Amelia’s destiny on kindle. Ive started reading Amelia’s story, I’m really impressed on how accurate you have written it. I was at Cotsbrook from 1981 to 1984 and I think 6 months while you were there. I’m happy that you come through the other side considering what happen to you. It took me a long time to come through myself but people like Brian Shaw did not, he died in 1996 of a drugs overdose. I will continue reading your books, good luck in your life onwards and upwards.



        1. Hi Patrick,

          Thank you for your lovely comments with regards to my books. I wrote them as accurately as I could. It is a shame to hear about Brian. Sadly, I have heard of a few people I knew who have died young after leaving the care system. I think being thrust into the big wide world without much support is the root cause for many. The reality of life after care can be harsh on many. It really saddens me when I hear about someone I know, who is no longer with us. I am so pleased you came through it Patrick, I know it was not easy for any of us really.

          Take care

          Regards Dawn

  5. Dear Dawn,
    Thank you for sharing your story with the world! I wish it had been available when I was suffering through years of my own abuse as I remember (like you) feeling so alone and, also like you, experienced not wanting to be here anymore. Today, though life is still a struggle at times, I am grateful to have survived!
    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and I am certain she is well loved by her mommy! I wish you had been given that same adoring love that ALL children deserve!
    I am so glad you have not only survived but triumphed!

    1. Hi Lori
      Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by and comment I really appreciate it. I am so sorry to hear that you too suffered like me. I know how hard it must have been for you. Sadly so many children suffer like we did and there seems to be no end to this emotional and physical abuse. It breaks my heart to think in this day and age children are still suffering the same fate. I wish I could scoop them all up and take care of them myself and show them that there is kindness and love in the world. I remember the loneliness and despair all too well and the feeling of dread every morning when I awakened. Thank God I had the determination and strength of will to find my way forward. My daughter is so happy and a very loving child, we are so close and her happiness is paramount to me. She is truly my inspiration for all that I do. x

  6. I just finished reading “a childhood lost” and I must say that my heart broke for you and your siblings!! Although it was difficult to read, I couldn’t put it down. You provided perfect insight to the plights of too many abused, neglected and institutionalized children. What horrors befell you, and throughout, u never gave up. I commend you for the courage it must have taken you to have to revisit your past in such raw detail. You have a voice to all the children out in tis world who are living the same nightmarish life. This is a MUST-READ for every person who has any contact with these children, be it social workers, nurses, teachers, etc. I will be purchasing the sequel right away. You are beautiful and your baby girl is absolutely precious!!! God bless you and your family!!! Sincerely, Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle
      Firstly thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to post a comment on my site I truly appreciate it. Re-visiting my past in order to write my story was a real challenge for me as I had to re-visit so many ghosts that I had laid to rest a long time ago. When I became a mother and held my beautiful daughter in my arms for the very first time I realised just how much me and my brother missed out on. I knew right there and then that I was going to be the best mother I could be and my daughters happiness was paramount. It was so important to me that she always feels safe, loved and secure in her life. My purpose for writing my story initially was for my daughter so she had a full account of my childhood once she herself was old enough to read it herself. However, I then began to think if my story could change one persons life then it needed to be shared to show anyone who has given up hope on themselves and their life that dreams can come true. It does not matter what start you have in life you can still regain control of your destiny and find your true path.

  7. Hi ya,

    I have just read your book and my god what a story, you have really been through some hell, I cannot wait for the next book as I am eager to find out about your brother Jake.
    I do have one question, why do you use the name Amelia? x

    1. Thank you… I changed all the names and places in my book to protect the privacy of those persons living! So it seemed only right I changed my own name also! My brother’s name is actually Julian! The sequel to Amelia’s story will be available from tomorrow the 26th May. Thank you so much for reading my true story. And please, after reading the second book, if you still have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me. oxo

    1. Oh that is amazing Tina, You must be a remarkable woman indeed. I bet they really love you. It’s a shame there were not more people like you in the world. Hugs :)

  8. I was one of those readers that clicked on the “free book”. I could not put my Kindle down. So many times I wanted to reach into my kindle and pull you out of that hellish life. I know we have never met, but I wish we had, I would have certainly done everything possible to be the mom you needed. I do know your struggles, as I have 3 teen sisters adopted from foster care. I pray the best for you and your little one. I see great things in your future as you have become such a strong person. God bless you.

    1. Hi Tina,
      Thank you so much for downloading my book, it means so much to me. Your words were lovely and so kind. You have made my day truly. Please stay in touch :)

  9. You have a beautiful child and writing, as you are doing for her, will be a wonderous gift she will cherish throughout life. I did the same for my son. Now married, with his own family, he has a greater understanding of fatherhood and the trials we endure – and the journals I gave him have deeper meaning. All the best to you in your writings – and best of health to family. Regards, G. Starkey

  10. go for it dawn but keep it real even when it gets hard, remember you got though it all .even the bad times.good luck and god bless

  11. Your daughter is precious and obviously an angel (aren’t all children—at least until the teen years?). Your love for her is evident in your writing…it is one of the things that will make your autobiography so wonderful. Cheers!

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