Hi, I’m Siobhan…
When I was a child my evil genius parents decided not to have a TV as they thought it was bad for a child’s imagination – I mean, as if?! And, as this was in the days before the internet and mobile phones, I had a choice – I could either learn to love books or I could die of boredom. So I learnt to love books and pretty soon my love of reading grew into a love of writing and I dreamt of one day having a shelf of books of my own.
At eighteen I set off for uni in pursuit of my dream, to study English Literature. But two years into my degree, I become plagued by the fear that I just didn’t have what it took to become a professional writer. I came from a much poorer background than most of my fellow students and I started to feel that people from council estates didn’t belong in the middle class world of publishing. So I dropped out of uni and ended up working in the complaints department for a frozen food company where all I wrote were grovelling apology letters to irate customers. (This is the tragic low point of my story).
After four years of working in jobs I hated I came to an important realisation: life can be a very dull and dark place when you don’t dare to dream. So I dusted off my literary dreams and instead of seeing writing as some kind of rarefied world solely for the silver-spooned, I decided to approach it as I would any other job, starting small and working my way up. I began my quest writing short stories for weekly women’s magazines (the kind of magazines that have headlines like: The Day My Womb Fell Out! and OMG My Fella is Sleeping With the Milkman!). Then I wrote some articles. Having short stories and articles published gave me the confidence to finally have a go at writing my first book.
That book was published in 2000.
Fast forward 19 years and I’ve now written 28 books. One of them even won a national book award. Moral of the story … never give up on your dreams!
Because my path to writing success was such a bumpy one, I love helping other people achieve their writing dreams. Find out more here.
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, writing consultant and motivational speaker. Her latest book for young adults, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, was nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal and has been shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award, the James Reckitt Hull Award, the Southern Schools Book Award, and the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award.
Her new book for adults, Something More … a Spiritual Misfit’s Search for Meaning is out now.
And her next novel for young adults, Clementine and Rudy – a celebration of friendship, street art and poetry – is being published by Walker Books in 2020.
Siobhan has also written and created many children’s book series under pen names. And she has written for many newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Writers’ Forum, DatingAdvice.com, Mother and Baby, Practical Parenting and Take a Break. She has also been a guest on various radio and TV shows, including Woman’s Hour, BBC News, GMTV and BBC Breakfast.
Siobhan has spoken at businesses, schools, universities and literary festivals around the world, including the BBC, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival, Ilkley Festival, YALC, YA Shot, London Book Fair and Sharjah Reading Festival.
Through her REBEL WRITERS CONSULTANCY she has helped many people, including celebrities, business owners, coaches, bloggers, novelists, self publishing authors and entrepreneurs with their writing.
People she’s worked with include:
Zoe Sugg, YouTuber
Kimberly Wyatt, television personality, singer, dancer, choreographer, former Pussycat Doll
Damian Keyes, founder of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) and DK Music Management
Publishers she’s worked with include:
Penguin Random House
Faber & Faber
Simon & Schuster
Her books for adults are:
Antenatal & Postnatal Depression (Random House)
Sweet FA (Hodder & Stoughton)
Frankie Says Relapse (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Scene Stealers (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dare to Write a Novel.
Something More … a Spiritual Misfit’s Search for Meaning (Little Brown)
Her books for young adults are:
Dear Dylan (winner of the Young Minds Book Award – Egmont)
Finding Cherokee Brown (Egmont)
Dark of the Moon (Egmont)
True Face (Faber & Faber)
The Moonlight Dreamers (Walker Books)
Tell it to the Moon (Walker Books)
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Walker Books).