For anyone that awaits my Monday posts with baited breath, apologies, it’s only Thursday but this post couldn’t wait. Having said that, it’s the weekend soon!
When I was writing Grace & Serenity, I knew Grace was going to be homeless for a while, but I also planned where her story would go next. In real life, there usually isn’t a plan when people find themselves homeless, and for much of the time there’s no next. This year has been difficult for so many people and proven that anyone can find themselves a position where they need help and support.
Shekinah is a charity in Plymouth and Torbay which “provides opportunities for people who maybe experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental ill health. Shekinah believes that everyone deserves to be given another chance”.
“Although the injustice of homelessness is at the core of Shekinah’s work, there is an increasing demand from those people with complex needs, including mental health, substance abuse and criminality. Working with key strategic partners, Shekinah helps people access support to help move away from the streets, address their health issues, learn new skills via our training centre and receive help in finding work with the support of the local business community.”
For all copies of Grace & Serenity sold this December, I will be donating half the royalties to Shekinah. My goal is to reach 100 sales this month, which will mean I can provide a complete ‘meal’ for their Christmas appeal, Christmas Menu for Change.
Thank you x
Here’s what a few people are saying about Grace & Serenity:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thought-provoking, terrifying and tear-jerking. A really powerful and engaging read…The Book Reviewing Mum
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Annalisa Crawford has crafted a brilliant novel … one I won’t forget for a whileJessica Belmont
Grace’s rapid slide into isolated homelessness is all too plausible though. Crawford vividly describes Plymouth’s urban landscape and I could visualise this city in a different light after having been shown it from Grace’s perspective.Literary Flits