This story is a beautiful mix of sweet and sad. Through the beautifully described scenes of a winter landscape and little Sam finding her companions along the journey, along with wonderful illustrations, you feel like you are tagging along with them to somewhere special. Wonderful twist at the end leaves a sad but meaningful warmth for the characters. Deffinitley reccommend this lovely little adventure. – Amazon Review
I wrote The Walk Back Home for a university assignment in my first year as an undergraduate (2018).
It’s a short story about a 5-year-old girl named Sam who is trying to find her way back home. On the way, she meets a cat named Oreo, a soldier called Luke, and a deer with no name.
They all decide to accompany her on her journey. The story’s concluding plot twist is not only unexpected and striking, but it also provides a potential educational talking point. Because of the nature of the story’s ending, there is the prospect of further sequels that can continue with Sam’s tale.
From the Author:
I am a fantasy writer but I like writing realistically. I love books, movies and stories that unravel a new world with new creatures. And I love it when a writer makes up something completely new and unreal. But I love it even more when a writer can convince me that their fantasy world could be real when a writer sows real-life language, mannerisms and human experience into their world and make it feel real. I’m not a fan of cheese. I like a realistic fantasy world I can trick myself into thinking could be real. And that’s what I try to do when I write my books, I want it to feel like a real ‘other’ world, which I consider books to be.
The Walk Back Home was one of those stories I wrote out of a whim, and because I had to write a story for my university assignment. I didn’t expect it to be the first book I ever published, partly because of how short it is. But people seem to love the emotional weight behind Sam’s adventure, a weight you don’t realise is there until the end of the story, until the end of her journey.
This story became the realistic fantasy I wanted to write; this story holds the intricate world-building I expect from other writers when I read a book. And I cannot be happier with this book.
I want to share my first self-published story with children and short story lovers who love fantasy as much as I do.