Danl Tetley

Danl Tetley

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BORN TO HIPPIES IN THE 70’S, ROWED ACROSS PLYMOUTH SOUND WHILST TRYING TO ENTER THE WORLD (FATHER TRIPPING HIS FACE OFF, OARS IN HAND - PROBABLY) EVENTUALLY BORN IN A HOSPITAL WHICH WAS LATER CONDEMNED AND PULLED DOWN FOR BEING UNFIT – AND LIVED THE FIRST 2 YEARS OF MY LIFE IN AN OLD REDOUBT-STROKE-COMMUNE, WITH KUM BA YAH FOR LULLABY’S AND TREE HUGGING AS STANDARD.

TODAY, I’M A MUM OF TWO, WHO TEACHES DRAMA BY DAY AND DREAMS OF BOOKS BY NIGHT - HOPING TO FIND THAT ELUSIVE PUBLISHER WHO BELIEVES IN ME AND MY IMAGINATION. I SPEND A LOT OF TIME THINKING CREATIVELY WHILE WALKING MY DOG UP HILL AND DOWN DALE. I FIND NATURE MY MOST FRUITFUL INSPIRATION. IT’S A WONDER I HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR – TRUST ME...

MY TEENAGERS KEEP ME UP TO DATE WITH TRENDS AND UNANIMOUSLY INFORM ME WHEN I AM 'OUT OF TOUCH' - WHICH IS APPARENTLY - OFTEN. I ALSO HAVE A FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY, MUCH LESS HASSLE - THOUGH A BIT SMELLIER. THAT'S A LIE - MY KIDS STINK :)

THREE YEARS AGO I WROTE MY FIRST NOVEL. A MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY WRITTEN IN THE THIRD PERSON... I ATTEMPTED TO GET THIS ONE 'OUT THERE' BUT, DURING THE PROCESS I REALISED THAT I DIDN'T CONNECT WITH THE BOOK, AT ALL. IT HAS BEEN PUT TO REST ON COUNTLESS MEMORY STICKS AND BEEN RE-NAMED - PRACTISE NOVEL! (ALSO FILED UNDER - CRINGE - DID I REALLY TOUT THAT CRAP)

ONLY RECENTLY HAVE I FOUND MY STYLE. SUBSEQUENTLY, I HAVE LEARNED BY TRYING AND FAILING - THEN TRYING SOME MORE (AND DRINKING WINE - LOADS OF THAT)

THIS HAS BEEN AN INVALUABLE PART OF THE WHOLE PROCESS. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE STRENGTH OF YOUR OWN STORY - HOW CAN YOU EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO?

AND SO I FIND MYSELF HERE. LOOKING AFTER A FAMILY. SQUEEZING IN MY LITERARY WAVES OF INSPIRATION WHILE I PUT ON FOUR WHEELS BECAUSE MY KIDS LEGS DON'T WORK, CLEANING SNOT PATCHES FROM THE WALLS AND STEPPING IN CAT WEE – UNTIL ONE DAY I MAY COUNT MY LUCKY STARS AND SAY... WRITING IS NOW, HOW I PAY FOR MY CHOCOLATE.

(JOURNALISM & MEDIA DEGREE WITH PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY SEPT 2014)

FREELANCE JOURNALIST, GHOST WRITER, ACTIVIST,ANIMAL ADVOCATE, INCESSANT HAIR TWIDDLER AND SHAMELESS IDEALIST.

"Dreams may be only a moment away, but you must not deny reality while waiting for them."