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So you wrote it?

 

Not straight away. 

I spent time with children who struggle with the language of emotion. I observed children who were absorbed in their digital environment and had little experience of the natural world.

I became convinced that there was room for a fantasy book that demonstrates emotional language, and decided to write it. I chose a world that my daughter would have wished to be part of - an outdoor world of native plants, animals, and some mythical creatures who are just like you and me. 

Tell us a bit about yourself . . .

 

People interest me. The way they think and feel is fascinating. My background is Psychology, and I have been fortunate enough to work with children as well as adults, mostly therapeutically, sometimes academically.

I co-parent four highly entertaining children and continue to work as a therapist. I try to stay focused enough to write something now and again. Diary of an Average Fairy is my first children's book.

What gave you the idea for this book?

 

My eldest daughter truly believed that one day she might befriend a real fairy. She invested a great deal of time and effort in order to make this happen - writing lengthy, persuasive letters to fairy folk, reading and re-reading fairy books in search of clues that might give her access to their impenetrable magic world. The books frustrated her. Not only did they lack instruction on how to meet a genuine fairy, they failed to help her understand what it might feel like to be one of their kind. 

 

"The adventures are fun, but I want to know about REAL fairies not story fairies. I want to know what fairies think about and if they have feelings like me."

 

Woken by nightmares one tearful night, my daughter confessed that she wished she were fairy not human. That way she would never have to feel anything bad.

 

If only there was a fairy book that would show my daughter that fears and worries happen to everyone, even fairies - that she is strong and can achieve anything she sets her mind to.

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Someone should write one, I thought . . .

M.M.Hillman