I had a dream to write a book.
For it to be published.
For people to buy it.
Maybe even like it.
This year that dream came true.
Roald Dhal, Enid Blyton, Judy Bloom and Emily Brontë all fueled my imagination when I was growing up and whilst I’d planned to write a novel, life has taught me that the best-laid plans are there to be broken.
At nearly five months old, my second son, Lucas, was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and our lives went into free fall. DDH is a common condition where the hip socket fails to develop correctly and whilst it isn’t life threatening, it has certainly been life changing for us.
It’s fair to say that Lucas, who is now six and currently in a wheelchair recovering from his latest operation, has been through more pain and procedures than many of us will ever endure. The silver lining is that as well as being one step closer to healthy hips, he inspired me to write Cast Life – A Parent’s Guide to DDH: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Explained.
I’m not going to pretend to be a writing guru just because I’ve had one book published, but I hope I can inspire you to keep going and make your non-fiction dream a bookshelf reality.
Whatever else you do, don’t stop believing. Even when agents and publishers knocked me back because my subject matter was too niche, I knew there was a market for my book. I believed that parents needed the information I had to offer and today I am proud that people all over the world are buying Cast Life and getting through their DDH journey because I didn’t give up.
About the author
Natalie is an author, blogger and freelancer writer. As a mummy, wife, cat and dog owner she doesn’t get much free time but when she does she’ll be found drinking coffee, reading Grazia and dreaming of living by the sea. Lover of heals, wearer of trainers, she has many dresses but mainly goes out in her gym gear.