Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Portal Between by Sarah Barnard

I am a single mother raising two children and I write while they're at school or after they're in bed.
I started writing during a period of bleakness after a long term relationship came to an end and a very good friend badgered and cajoled me into writing and eventually challenged me to take part in the NaNoWriMo online challenge in November 2005. The Portal Between is the result of that challenge and was mostly written during that month. I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days and loved every agonising moment.
I was born in March 1969, the same month John Wyndham died. Apparently I watched the moon landings. I was four months old so I don't remember, but I've been told I watched them.
There followed a relatively uneventful childhood and traditionally turbulent teenage years.
I left school at 18 to start teacher training but never finished it. I then drifted into a series of jobs - I was not really happy in any of them. I spent most of my time in various retail chains and eventually ended up working for the Post Office. In 2000 I had my first child. His sister followed in 2003. But I never went back to work after I had her. I set up my own business instead - Ethics Trading. I downsized my life and started to live more simply. But I discovered the vast wealth of the internet!
The Portal Between is the first in a series of books, followed by The Portal Sundered and with a third book and a Portal book for younger readers, The Map and The Stone.
Sam has been missing for two long years. Kate struggles on with her own children and Sam's after Jack left her but she continues to believe that one day Sam will be back. It's Hallowe'en, Samhain and it's a dark moon. Abruptly in a flurry of mystery and magic, Sam is back and Kate's already insecure world is torn apart as forces beyond her experience and understanding flood into her life.
From the Author
THE PORTAL BETWEEN is my debut novel and the first in the Portal series.
I have a good friend to thank for it. I was going through a tough time in my life and finding some relief in writing and she pushed me into taking it further and actually finishing a full novel and then publishing it. I haven't stopped since then and I have no intention of stopping, even when the Portal series is done.

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