The start…

Welcome to my personal website. My name is Steph and I am a 40 year old student currently studying for a degree in design and creative writing with the Open University. My dream is to turn the many short stories and childrens fiction books I have started in to real, published books with my own illustrations to accompany the titles.

I know there are few people who are able to successfully create both a compelling book and beautiful illustrations themselves, but i’m hoping I can break the mould and bring something new to the area.

I have a love for childrens and adult fiction but I often find my ideas are overwhelming and I just don’t manage to finish what I have started. I am hoping with the degree under my belt I will be able to reign in my excitement and create some stories that are noteworthy and memorable.

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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