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Monday, 09 March 2015 (3063407)
Author donates book proceeds to charity
by Ollie Cowan

A SOUTHPORT author is donating all proceeds from her debut psychological thriller to the Young Minds charity.

Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes, who recently penned her first novel entitled ‘His Mother' told our reporter that she wants the proceeds from her book sales to benefit the cause which helps young children with mental health issues.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity, committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

According to the charity, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

As a full-time teacher and mother, Sally-Anne hopes her support for the charity will make some difference, if only by raising awareness.

She told our reporter: “I was delighted to hear the Duchess of Cambridge recently speaking of the challenges faced by young people and the need for providing the same quality of support for mental health as one would give to their physical well-being.

”For some reason there seems to be some misconception that depression and anxiety only affects adults – that teenagers are only being moody, are down or are poor communicators.

“Depression and anxiety affects many young people; the sooner they receive the right support, the less likely they will be to turn to addiction or self-harm.

”I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. ‘His Mother' is my first novel.

“It is a psychological thriller, set in Southport - although it is fictional, there are many parts in the novel which are undeniably autobiographical.

”It is a surreal experience putting what you know to be true into a story like this – in many ways it is a way for me to record fond memories and significant events forever.’.

The story of ‘His Mother' follows two Southport detectives investigating the murder of a teenage girl.

Sally added: “In the early hours of the morning, a teenage female body is found face down in the marshland that runs along Southport’s captivating coastline.

”Both Detectives Inspector Folkard and Sergeant Shakespeare strongly suspect secondary teacher Mr Rimmer to be their man.

“Mr Rimmer has many secrets; although he appears to live alone, he in fact does not. The closer Inspector Folkard and Sergeant Shakespeare get to their killer, the more they learn of Mr Rimmer’s relationship with his mother.

”It is only when Inspector Folkard looks back at similar attacks on young females that she begins to make some much needed headway.

“Inspector Folkard knows there is at least one other body close by; finding it could be the vital piece of the puzzle, but where to look? ”

Sally-Anne’s novel is currently available at Broadhursts of Southport, Formby Books at The Cloisters on Halsall Lane, The Olde Bookshop on Brows Lane, Formby and Amazon Worldwide.


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