Melanie Bennett

What inspired you to write your book and why target that age audience?

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Hilary Hawkes Thank you for the question! My childhood and experiences inspired me to write Beyond Violet (along with the other children's books in the Strawberry Jam Books series). I was around 11/12 years old when I noticed the stigma and non-understanding views of some people (by no means all, of course) around the issues of mental illness and learning disability that affected some members of my own close family. Raising awareness through story is a good way to help children this age develop understanding that we may all have different childhood/family experiences.
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