Hello, Polly, welcome to my blog, and congratulations on your book release'What If I Go?'!
'Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal
While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?
Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By dropping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path... Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?
Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.
A cautionary tale for older teens, parents—anyone who's questioned how innocent students from good families are so easily sucked into the sleazy underworld.'
Excerpt (1st page)from 'What If I Go?':
'Chapter One Grace is on Her Way
Believe me. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have left home. Mother said something about God’s protection. Rewinding was not an option, but leaving our village seemed a no-brainer then. I was clutching a lucky ewe’s tooth deep inside my wax coat pocket, and my future was sorted. ‘Welcome to Britain,’ the pilot announced. Still, I felt I’d been given a break; doors were opening at last. The vibrant rays coming through the plane window weren’t quite as vivid as those in my dream, but it was okay. My journey had begun. Then I had stomach cramps after the touch-down at Birmingham Airport. That triggered running for the loo. Lucky I didn’t know about the dodgy deal I’d signed up to. A good job or I’d have begged a seat on the next flight back to Bucharest. Faking it, I kept my eyes focused ahead and rubbed away the creases from my best pink blouse, tucked neatly into my jeans. I convinced myself I could do this travelling abroad thing and desperately wanted to make a good impression, but dragging my wheelie case made me melt into a messy heap. That wasn’t a good start. A fine drizzle crazed the huge arrivals hall windows blurring my vision; the air was muggy. When I reached for a body spray out of the suitcase side pocket, it got kind of awkward. Breaking one of their silly rules about liquids, I passed on sharing the pepper spray joke with my cousin because the natives were far too jumpy. Instead, I texted home - Got ere safe, which I kind of had done. That was premature. My mobile was confiscated not long after.'
Author Polly White admits to being around forty. Her absolute favourite place to go with her family is the seaside, which is a long way from the suburbs where she lives in the Midlands, UK. To keep fit she runs along paths. That's when she imagines her characters in their own setting, aiming to offer a heads-up to readers. She attended a conference supporting victims of sexual exploitation called Hope for Justice and spoke to police, as part of the research for this realistic fiction. However, holding her protagonist’s hand was scary. The ebook called, ‘What If I Go?’ is aimed at college and uni students. Dealing with sensitive coming-of-age issues in an easy read way, the story of Grace acts as a heads up for others to avoid falling prey to gangs. The aim is to raise awareness of issues that can make students vulnerable, in a culturally cohesive manner. She is an advocate for young women and loves to empower them through her fiction. Polly is a multi-genre author with previous short story success. Her muse has a Christian voice. Her characters learn by experience making the read more authentic.
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Available from 31st January at Solstice Publishing