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Manor Park social worker and foster mum writes self-help fiction novel

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 November 2017

Author Rose Blaize

Author Rose Blaize

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A social worker and foster mother has drawn on her real-life and work experiences to write a self-help fiction book.

Rose Blaize, 53, from Manor Park, tackles hard-hitting issues including rape, child abuse and family disfunction for Truthingdom.

The novel is about five characters, from different racial and cultural backgrounds, who collide worlds when they attend a London fashion college.

“I hope people identify with their choices and it gives them answers with their own issues,” said Rose.

“During the time that I have been in social work I have observed people with social disfunction.

“With a lot of the young people I have worked with, I have understood their pain and that disfunction.”

Her characters include a east London girl struggling with anorexia, a Rajasthan student bound by family tradition and a young man trying to escape the bad influences of his cousin.

Much like real life, not everyone’s situation is easily resolved by the end of the story.

“Some go to counselling, some come to resolutions, others just accept it for what it is,” said Rose.

The author, who was born and raised in Newham, has been in social work for 21 years and a private foster mum for about the same time.

Although she had the idea in her head for some time and had alreadt started writing, Rose says she managed to write an impressive 60,000 to 70,000 words in four months following her mother’s death in 2016 by “doing some meaningful”.

The Maya Angelou fan compares her writing style to the suspense of a Dan Brown novel and says her chapters are short but thought-provoking.

“I want my writing to be relevant and meaningful,” she said. “It has to be significant otherwise I feel I am wasting the page.”

The writer says readers should be able to go to any section and become immediately engrossed - something she calls “page roulette”.

“It’s when you cannot put a book down, this is what I want from people,” she said.

Rose launches her book on Wednesday, from 6pm to 11.30pm at Impressions Events’ banqueting suite, Milner Road, West Ham, E15 3AD.

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