The Story So Far

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Hi! My name is Angela. I write stories and poems for both children and adults.

Around fifteen years ago, I began to take my life-long love of creative writing to a new level and started writing Picture Books.

Like in every good story, there have been plenty of obstacles along the way! It’s been fifteen years of stops and starts, highs and lows, plus a few depressing rejections in between! But, thankfully, the story isn’t over just yet.

Some of my Picture Book stories feature:

  • a noisy, guitar-playing goose
  • a squirrel who loses a treasure
  • and a loveable tortoise called Hugo.

Hopefully, one day, you’ll get to read them.

Kids, Kids, Kids!

Besides writing, I’m a busy mum to four growing kids, including a set of twins! I also work as a Child-Minder, specialising in Early Years, which gives me plenty of scope for the imagination! Our house is constantly full of children (of all ages) and there is never a dull moment!

Breaking into Print!

Back in 2015, I wondered what would happen if I combined my passion for writing with my faith. Soon after, I received my first ever YES from a publisher, when two of my short stories, ‘Pitch-Black Patch’ and ‘Hidden Blooms’ were published by Keys For Kids Ministries in their quarterly devotional.

It was so much fun, that I went on to write a few more stories, some of which include:

  • Don’t Forget the Toothpaste
  • Teacups and Trainsets
  • One Hundred Percent
  • Only God Can Do That!
  • That’s Not My Job!
  • and The Doll’s House

I’ve also contributed articles and devotionals for ‘Unlocked’ (Keys For Kids Teen publication), Devozine and Creation Illustrated.

To order your copy, read or listen online, visit https://www.keysforkids.org/

Learning

I love to learn all I can about the craft of writing, and have recently completed courses in Picture Book writing, plus chapter books for older readers.

I am also exploring the Christian Women’s fiction/Romance novel genre, of which I am an avid reader, and currently making plans to write my first novel.

Connecting

I’m a member of the SCBWI and enjoy being involved in the writing community on Social Media. I am also a member of the hope*writers community. I am a firm believer in learning from and helping to encourage others along the way and love to connect with other writers and creatives.

Relaxing

When I’m not writing, chances are I’m either curled up in my favourite arm-chair, (book in one hand, cup of tea in the other), cooking up a storm for the family, or pretending to be a country singer. I’m also a bit of a novice gardener, and keen wild-life lover.

I live in London with my amazing husband, Nathan, our four kids, two Rescue Tabby Cats, and our adorable Fox Red Labrador, Amber.

Author: Angela Jelf

Avid reader and asp. writer of stories for adults and children

5 thoughts on “The Story So Far”

  1. Hello!
    I usually feel a bit nervous reaching out like this, but since you are into writing books for children, I have to try 😉
    I am currently trying make it as a children’s book illustrator and I am looking for authors to collaborate with. Either to self publish or even try the traditional way.
    Is that something you might be interested in?
    If you look on my website you will find many drawings so you can get an idea of my drawing style.

    If it’s not for you, then that is no problem at all 🙂

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    1. Hello Andrea, I am so glad to hear from you. I am currently pursuing traditional publishing avenues, ie, trying to get an agent or publisher…but it’s proving very very difficult. I think ideally, I would love to have a picture book published in the conventional way. Normally publishers ask writers to send manuscripts without the art work, as they like to make the choice between writer and illustrator themselves. So it’s a tricky one.
      But I think your art work is fab and you should definitely keep pursuing your dreams.
      If I ever do get to the place where I decide to self publish, I will definitely keep you posted. I really appreciate you stopping by and reaching out. I will like and follow your blog as it all helps to raise the profile! Very best of luck with your art work.

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