About me

'One Small Word - Surviving childhood abuse'

This, my first adult book, was published on December 18th 2018, and officially launched on 2nd February 2019. My book tells the world my story. I hope that it will help those who have also experienced childhood abuse and professionals supporting them. It took a lot of courage to write. That's why it reads like a novel with all names changed. It felt safer to do that. There is, however, a positive note of hope throughout..

'No - Sequel to One Small Word'

I have also completed the sequel to my first book, which is entitled, 'No - Sequel to One Small Word' and was published on 23rd April 2020. This book spans my life from the age of 50 to the present. (I am now 72 years old). Gaining victory over the effects of my childhood abuse wasn't the end. I discovered that once you've been abused, you seem to become a magnet to other abusers. I describe in this book how I overcame the attempts of several potential abusers, by using that one small word, 'No', that I had previously discovered. It wasn't always as simple as that, but if you read the book, you'll see for yourself. I hope that reading about my experiences will help other survivors of childhood abuse to continue to bat off would-be abusers in their lives.

Phonics picture storybooks for small children

"But what about the children's books?" I hear you ask. I wrote and illustrated these books myself with lots of help from my sister, Jackie Smith, who ran her own business for many years teaching children phonics. My books are about helping small children from a very young age to gain an interest in learning to read. Each book is a fun and engaging short story that focuses on one phonics sound. The letter/s making the particular sound are highlighted throughout the story so children learn to associate them with the sound they represent. To date, I have written and published 30 of these books, plus 7 more as a kindle e-book only. I shall continue to publish the remaining 5 books in the same way because publishing hard copies is an expensive business. This way I can complete the whole set of 42 - the number of sounds that the Jolly Phonics system teaches. The theory is that once a child has learned all 42 sounds, they should be able to read fluently - and the sooner they can read, the sooner they can gain access to libraries and the wondrous world that exists via the worldwide web.

A Little About Me

A little about me and my future plans I am a mother of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren whose ages range from 11 to 20. I am passionate about the community I live in, and initially tried to make positive changes through my work as Chair of my local Parish Council. I now volunteer with the local community football club as Safeguarding and Welfare Manager. I'm there to ensure that the players learn about abuse and understand how they can gain support should they ever experience abuse within the football arena or at home. I retired from full-time employment 4 years ago, but when I was working, I started off as a research scientist. I then qualified as a social worker and specialised in the area of safeguarding. I recently began a new venture as an author. I'm writing my first adult fiction novel. As I did with 'One Small Word', I'm learning as I go along using the 'Author Learning Centre' Book in a year programme. It is proving really fascinating, a whole different approach to writing non-fiction. Yet again I have my editorial group in place to provide me with their ever more valuable feedback. I'm so grateful to them. A heartfelt thank you to each person that willingly gives their time in this way. If you're reading this and would like to be part of this group, you'd be most welcome. Just drop me a quick email to gloriaeveleigh@icloud.com

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