As a result of poor eye sight I didn’t learn to read until relatively late, although ironically I went on to teach and inspect English so I have some sympathy with those who struggle with reading and writing. When I heard that Denise Ersalahi Erguler is a writer who is dyslexic I felt I had to invite her onto Linda’s Book Bag to find out a bit more about her experiences. Denise has just published her first children’s story, The Adventures of Shifting Jack: A New Home on 7th July 2016 and I had intended to feature Denise at the time but personal events overtook me. The Adventures of Shifting Jack: A New Home is available for purchase in e-book on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
The Adventures of Shifting Jack
Jack has always known that he and his little sister, Lily, are different to other children, but he doesn’t know why – until the family moves to North Cyprus.
Jack thinks he’s going to like it here; school is okay, he makes new friends, and Lily is happy too. Then one afternoon, Jack and Lily are involved in an earthquake and their world is turned upside down. Jack not only finds out his dad isn’t exactly his dad, but that none of his family is exactly human either…
The whole family is thrown into danger, and Jack knows it’s his job to protect Lily, whatever that takes. In pursuit of illegal animal hunters, a strange school teacher, and the truth, Jack does his best – but he is only nine years old, will his best be good enough?
Writing with Dyslexia
A Guest Post from Denise Ersalahi Erguler
Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to you Linda for giving me the opportunity to post on your blog.
Writing for me has always been something of a challenge, as I am dyslexic. I love to read, always have, particularly fantasy and science fiction, I don’t have a problem with reading. My dyslexic affects my writing. When I was working as an interior designer, I sent an email to a client following our meeting. He telephoned me to ask if I meant what I had written, I was taken aback and re-read the email, I still couldn’t see anything wrong and it took my husband to point out that I had sent the email to Dead Dave, not Dear Dave! Of course I called him back and apologised. These days I get everything I write checked before it goes ‘public’.
My dyslexia was never picked up on at school, the teachers thought I was a bit stupid. I get numbers and letter mixed up, for example, I use a 3 instead of an E. It wasn’t until I read an article about dyslexia, that I realised it was something I had.
I have always been creative, more in an arts way, but a few years ago I was struggling to find something I wanted to read, so I started to dream up a story. Each night before I went to sleep I would visualise a scene. Then I started to write it all down.
My first book is an adult novel about aliens and shifters and it was while I was reading some excerpts out to my son, that I thought about writing a children’s book. His eyes lit up when I talked about shape shifters and that’s how The Adventures of Shifting Jack came about.
I have learned that if I read what I’ve written out loud I can pick up many of my mistakes, but I also have a very good editor and proof reader in Anne Hamilton of Write Right to help with all the spelling and grammar. I think it’s really important not to let something like dyslexia hold you back; there are ways around it.
About Denise Ersalahi Erguler
Denise Ersalahi Erguler moved to North Cyprus 10 years ago from London where she lives with her husband and two children. In her past life, Denise was an interior designer concentrating on open office space. Now, she helps runs the family business, a successful fabric and home furniture store. Denise writes for children and adults, and The Adventures of Shifting Jack is her first children’s novel.