On a cold Autumn evening back in 2008, seven-year-old Tegan Anderson began to write their first short stories, finding a more creative way to learn their spellings. Many years and many more short stories later, they haven’t stopped for anything. Now, they’re writing more than they ever believed possible.
Tegan may write the worlds they would prefer to exist in but currently lives in Devon with their overflowing bookshelves and expanding imagination.
Their first novel Beauty in the Breakdown was published in 2017.
“We can’t hide like this forever, Josh. How did we even get into this mess?”
Family. Money. Run. Three things that Josh Ray and Clara Roberts have their entire life based around. It’s an endless loop of get away from family, get money and get running.
After a few months of what feels like stability, Josh and Clara have to start the cycle all over again until everything finally comes to an end.
There was something beautiful in the way that things broke down.
Beauty in the Breakdown represents the importance of trust and self-discovery in an unstable lifestyle through the eyes of Josh Ray, someone who believes that there is always something beautiful in a breakdown.
“While your children and grandchildren are away, I like to think that they’re visiting a fantastic place, somewhere where they aren’t restrained by an illness or held back by their own emotions, a place where there is nothing but health and happiness to greet them.”
When children and teenagers are on the brink of death, their souls visit a personal heaven before moving on to their final resting place.
This place is called the Paper Forest.