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D is for … Disabled characters in books

I’m not a fan of the word ‘disability’ myself. It feels so negative, particularly when the person being labelled thus is often no less capable than those who dole out the description.

Many words beginning with ‘dis’ have similar connotations : disappointment, disbelief, discard, discomfort – I could go on.

Labels are unnecessary – after all, if we each did the same things in the same way, how boring would the world be?

Which is why I seek to include characters in my stories who ‘do things differently’. Whether it’s as a result of an accident or illness, they find alternative ways to achieve their goals.

These people are not ‘Hollywood-style’ token characters who find a cure or recover from their problems. They are real people who adapt and overcome throughout their whole lifetime.

Because that’s what real people do. No gloss, no glitter – just real life and real issues.






Dreams can come true and mine was to live in Spain forever and ever ....  Well, after studying languages many years ago I became totally enamoured with all things Spanish, I finally made the big move for a more 'relaxed' lifestyle in 2003.  Since then, I have been teaching Spanish to Ex-pats and translating. Also, I trained as a Community Manager (Social Media) so that I have a genuine excuse to be on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet for hours on end, but then I started to write. My first attempt was for NaNo 2012 with 'The Nasrid Charm' (a story set in Spain and the Afterlife.) Like most first drafts, this is in need of serious revision and has been placed on the backburner, while I pursue my mystery stories. I'll get back to it - one day :) 

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