Targeted Age Group:: teens upwards
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I know a lot of alcoholics, both practising and in recovery. Many young people regard heavy drinking as a joke, but it creates mayhem for those involved and is a killer.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Most of them are a combination of people I have met in this field, and there is probably quite a bit of me in them too.
After her father arrives home drunk in the middle of her twelfth birthday party, Nikki records:
“All I could think of was that never ever could I go to school and face my friends again. Their words echoed through my head – ‘poor Nikki and that awful father’ – because though he was awful I loved him terribly and wanted him to be his normal self again. The one big relief was that the half term break started in a few days and by the time that was over, everyone might have forgotten what happened. Though I didn’t really think anyone could forget anything so awful.”
Sylvie Nickels spent much of her working life as a travel writer, returning to her first love fiction in later years. One of her particular interests has been the effect of war on the children and grandchildren of participants and this has provided the theme for several earlier novels (details: http://tinyurl.com/SNickels-books)
Courage to Change focuses on a conflict of a different kind: the struggle against addiction. She has considerable experience of those in recovery and of the effect of sufferers on those around them. This is her first book aimed at Young Adults.
In the 1970s, Sylvie moved to north Oxfordshire with her lecturer-photographer husband George Spenceley, who died early in 2013.
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