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 20 years and I’ve now written over 30 books and I’ve won three book awards. Moral of the story … never give up on your dreams!
I love helping other people with their writing, in my work as an editor and writing coach. Find out more here.
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, editor and writing coach. Her first novel for young adults, Dear Dylan, won the Young Minds Book Award and her last novel for young adults, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, was nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal, won the Warwickshire Schools Book Award and the Highly Commended Southern Schools Book Award and was shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award, the James Reckitt Hull Award, and the prestigious Les Incos Book Award in France.
Her new book for adults, Something More … a Spiritual Misfit’s Search for Meaning is out now. Find out more here.
Siobhan recently signed a book deal with Bookouture for two novels for adults set during World War 2. The first of these, An American in Paris, is publishing on 4th January 2021. Find out more and pre-order a copy for just 99p / $1.28 here
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, Breathe magazine, 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.
She has also helped many people, including celebrities, musicians, business owners, coaches, bloggers, novelists, self publishing authors and entrepreneurs with their writing through her writing coaching and editing.
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
Nikki Lilly – BBC TV host, YouTuber
Craig Revel Horwood – Strictly Come Dancing judge, dancer, choreographer
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).
Clementine and Rudy (Walker Books)