The Frank Magazine Oct/Nov 2020 Issue

It was with much thought, consideration and responsibility that I recently accepted an invitation to write for Melanie Sykes’ The Frank Magazine, to be interviewed about my personal life and journey .

As such an ordinary woman, I at first wondered why me, why me to be interviewed for such an impactful piece ?! After some thought I decided that is exactly BECAUSE I am just a regular person that my story could bring such real hope to the average woman. Part of the article touches briefly on having a child on the autism spectrum but it is mainly concerned with the personal background against which I had to build a life. For what happened to me happens daily to countless thousands of people and crosses all backgrounds, cultures and incomes. Whilst there is a great deal of hilarity, magic, ingenuity and tenacity in my story, there is also  the horror and heartbreak of domestic violence,neglect and abuse ; so the responsibility in sharing what happened to us had to be carefully considered. Names have been omitted or changed – not because I had to – but because this is a story to bring achievable escape to potentially so many – and is not a story of pity, glory or sensationalism.


The four page interview will be appearing in the October/November 2020 issue of The Frank Magazine . This issue focuses on relationships and Women’s Aid will also be featured. I am so hoping that between us we can bring solid hope,advice and support.

I have heard tell that if one single pebble on your path was changed, your whole future would be different.  In my work I hope I am that one positive pebble to children and young adults who feel they have no voice and no value. I understand how that feels both through my journey with my son with autism and through my own life, albeit in a different capacity. If doing this interview helps to change the life of just a handful of people or help others spot the signs and get out early, then I wouldn’t change a single pebble I have walked on my extraordinary journey.


I shall post the link to the article here when it is published. My deepest thanks to Melanie Sykes and Millie Cooper, ( Melanie’s business partner for The Frank Magazine ) for giving me this incredible opportunity to bring hope and practical positives to so many from a platform I could never have imagined.


No monies were received for this interview. It is with hope that in sharing some of my story others out there can feel that there is always a way out and forwards.


“British TV Presenter and model Melanie Sykes has launched Frank Magazine with co-founder Caroline Beau de Lomenie. Frank is an online magazine ( although it can be ordered in hard copy ) and it is aimed at women over the age of 40. It covers fashion, beauty, travel,lifestyle,motoring, psychology and relationships, health and wellbeing ,culture, interviews with inspiring personalities, along with news, reviews,on books,movies, theatre and more.

All models across the title will be aged 40+ and Frank has selected top expert contributors to share their knowledge and expertise to nourish as  inspire curious and questioning mature minds “.

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