A few weeks ago, I shared an ‘interview’ where two small and highly distracted interviewers grilled me about my book before jumping on the sofas. In fairness, it isn’t really pitched at their age range! As promised, today I’m going to share a bit more about the novel, in case you want to know about more than which characters have their own teddy bear.
The Runaway is the story of Welsh teenager Rhiannon Morgan, who runs away from home shortly before her eighteenth birthday. She has no plan, no destination, just the resolution that she will never set foot in the village of Llandymna again.
In the wild woods of Dyrys, there is space for Rhiannon’s active imagination to run free, as she tries to make sense of her strange new world. But she isn’t prepared for the extent of the physical and psychological challenges headed her way.
Meanwhile, her friends and family in Llandymna struggle to make sense of Rhiannon’s disappearance. Such a big event upsets the peace of this quiet village where nothing much ever seems to happen. Cracks start to show in its polished surface. A young police officer, Tom Davies, finds himself investigating his own neighbours to try to find out where Rhiannon might be. His hot headed best friend Callum finds himself reluctantly dragged into search parties. And the local storyteller hints at secrets in Llandymna’s past that might explain how they ended up here.
This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. It explores how people and communities are shaped by the stories they hear and tell. Over the next few weeks, I’ll introduce you to a few of the key characters and the setting where it all takes place. Watch this space!