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What are the dates you began writing this piece of fiction and when you completely finished the piece of fiction? I first had the idea back in 2008, when I saw a TV documentary about a teenage girl, whose sister had been attacked on the local estate and left brain-damaged. This girl, she was so angry and sad. The police had lost interest. The attacker, she believed, could be next to her when she was in the queue for milk at the local Spar. She was certain it was someone on the estate.
(Bottom Middle: Ruth Dugdall's writing study)
Another thing, I was told to tone down the graphic nature of anorexia, and I made a decision not to. It cost me an earlier chance at being published, but I didn’t want to sanitize this terrible condition, which has such a high fatality rate. Eating disorders and mental health issues generally, need to be discussed. The best feedback I’ve received is from survivors of the disease, who say my portrayal is accurate.
by Karen Hugg