Rhian Edwards is a year 6 teacher by day and author by night. She survives problem solving, English, playtimes and PE to come home to editing and writing. It’s a tough one but someone has to write down all of her ideas before her imagination combusts.
The writing bug hit when she took part in a writing competition at school; her short story was published in the school newsletter and so she thought that writing was a pretty cool thing to do. Aphora was brought to life via GCSE English homework and some encouragement from a pretty cool English teacher (whose daughter now attends the school Rhian works at - crazy).
After taking English Language, Health and Social Care, and Philosophy and Ethics at A-Level she decided to go to university. Surprisingly, she studied Psychology where she gained her degree qualification. It was during her days here, where she avoided certain lectures like the plague, that her first Young Adult novel ‘Aphora’ was finished. It was her first of nearly 50 drafts. She continued to polish Aphora the best she could and finally decided to publish in December 2016.
Rhian now lives with her husband and golden retriever puppy called Bailey, who has just turned 2. He will be referred to as a puppy until he calms down but as pointed out by many people, this puppy stage can, in fact, continue forever. Her cream carpet does not enjoy his muddy puppy feet. As she continues to work on book 2 in the Aphora trilogy, she is already mapping out her next world of words. It could be ghosts, werewolves, fairies or even a never before seen creature but who knows? Well, she does, obviously, but you’ll have to check in again later to find out.
Hobbies include Bailey cuddles, reading, chasing Bailey as he tries to eat socks, baking, telling Bailey to ‘leave’, sleeping, and of course writing.
Rhian believes her job title is: Full-time dog Mum/Author/Teacher
A Letter to readers...
The most important thing about me is that I love to read. Books are a sanctuary where I can escape to and delve into made up realms of endless possibilities and explore lands I could only ever dream of. I love interesting characters, paranormal worlds and romance. If I love to read them, I love to write them and so you’ll see more books about supernatural beings and romantic entanglements soon.
Aphora is tremendously important to me as it was the first book I wrote, crafted and re-crafted since my GCSE years. The world created was designed in sections; as I developed the characters, the world developed around them. I thought I had an idea of where things were going but was blindsided by the passion and empathy I felt towards the characters in my story. I love this feeling and still get it now as I continue to work on Aphora’s sequel. In fact, a character was saved from imminent death because of this empathetic connection!
My life tends to revolve around my job as a teacher and my job as a writer. I love both and both provide inspiration for the other. I adore the energy and spirits of the 11 year olds I work with and I enjoy the fact I can make things up in the stories I write. My friends might argue that I make things up all the time in the ‘real world’ but at least in a story it’s justified. Those who know me agree that I live in two worlds: the ‘real world’ where actual things happen to actual people and ‘Rhian’s world’ where, as you can imagine, anything can happen. This does frustrate my husband who says I spend the majority of my time in the latter. Apparently I’m not realistic, but when you spend your days with 11 year olds and your nights in paranormal universes, it’s easy to see why (and justifiable - right?).
I want to end this letter with a big thank you. Without readers, books are just words on a page - it’s readers who turn them into whole worlds. Without you, I wouldn’t have a place where I belong. If only one person reads my stories and finds it a sanctuary to escape to, then I consider myself a very privileged author to share those words with you.
All the best,