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 18 years and I’ve now had 25 books published all over the world.
One of them even won a national book award.
Moral of the story … never give up on your dreams!
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, brand copywriter, ghost writer, writing coach and motivational speaker.
She has helped many people, including celebrities, business owners, coaches, bloggers, novelists 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)
Frankie Says Relapse
The Scene Stealers (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dare to Write a Novel.
Her books for young adults are:
Dear Dylan (winner of the Young Minds Book Award)
Finding Cherokee Brown
Dark of the Moon (Egmont)
True Face (Faber & Faber)
The Moonlight Dreamers
Tell it to the Moon
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Walker Books).
Her next book for adults, Something More … a Spiritual Misfit’s Search for Meaning is being published by Piatkus in February 2019.
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.