When I Was a Girl by Dawn Torrens


Dawn Torrens

I was brought up in the state care system for most of my childhood. They had poorly stacked libraries full of donated books. I spent so much of my time in these libraries reading anything I could get my hands on. And from there my love of reading and writing was born. This was the perfect escape for me as I could transport myself any where in the world by just opening a book! The last four years of my time in care was spent in the notorious, (North Wales Children’s homes) called Bryn Alyn and then Cotsbrook Hall.

I wanted to show the world that you don’t have to become a statistic and fall by the wayside like everyone expects. You can grow up to be a functioning and well adjusted adult regardless of the surroundings and life you are forced to endure. My determination and will power to make something of myself has paid off! However, this did not come easy to me. I had to work extremely hard and push myself far harder than most to make my dreams a reality.

Now a mother myself to a four year old princess, I live by the motto, “The child first and foremost.” She inspires all that I am and all that I do…


My love for writing was born from incredible circumstances…

I have been writing since the age of twelve years old. I kept a journal and wrote poems, then graduated to short stories. I just loved to write. I never did anything with them, and I never told anyone about them at that point in my life. It was a love I had developed and also a means to escape my existence at that time. Writing for me is a way of transporting yourself into a completely different world for a short while. Developing characters and watching them come to life!

To say I was passionate about writing would most definitely be an understatement! I could not imagine a life without writing. I keep all my ideas for future books in a journal, all ideas written in hand! I am never without my journal, as you never know when or what will inspire an idea whilst out on the road.

Once I have a story in my head, it has to come out right there and then, I become all consumed and spend every available minute penning that story until it’s finished… Thankfully I have an understanding family who fully support me every step of the way.


Public reaction to Amelia’s Story

Amelia’s Story has to be my most precious book and will always remain so. This book was written from deep inside of me. I bared my soul to the world hoping I would make a difference. Change people’s perceptions on these huge gargantuan institutions that were otherwise known as children’s homes. But most of all to inspire all those people out there, young and old, who have given up hope on their dreams and themselves — that no matter where you come from or what walk of life, you can achieve your dream with enough will power and determination. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about!

Amelia’s Story has received an incredible heart-warming response from people all over the world. I have received messages from many young adults on my fan100_0358 page advising me how my story has changed their life or inspired hope in them once more. This to me means more than all the sales and reviews put together. knowing I have made such a difference to someone I have never met halfway around the world. One of my American reviews stated that my story had inspired a career change for them.  The response in truth has been so over-whelming and completely unexpected. I could never have foreseen the impact my true story would have on so many. You only have to read many of the beautiful messages left by my readers on my author page to see the impact it’s already had and continues to make on others. I could not wish for more really as my books are having the desired affect which is what I’d always intended for it.


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Dawn Torrens is the bestselling author of Amelia’s Story, Amelia’s Destiny and Heart and Mind. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings is a modern day war romance which is due for release in the spring of 2013. This story was inspired by a great friend who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. From Dawn Torrens: Each book was written with passion, they are all my babies. I don’t know how to write any other way than from my heart. I am inspired by real life my own and others.

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About fbrooke

Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the widely-acclaimed Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and Collateral Damage. The first book in Fred's entirely new dystopian series for YA and adult readers alike is Saving Raine (The Drone Wars: Book 1)A consummate jetsetter, he was born and raised in Chicago (where both Doing Max Vinyl and Zombie Candy are set) and has lived in Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, France, and Germany; he has called Switzerland his home for the past two decades, and travels widely throughout Europe (at latest count, he has visited Italy over 50 times!). Brooke’s love of the written and spoken word is vast—not only has he taught English in various European schools, he also knows French, German, and Italian, and dabbles in Turkish in his spare time. This love of language led him to quit his day job two years ago and focus on his original dream: writing fiction. When not writing books, his three kids (and their homework) keep him busy. He is currently working on a new series of thrillers and, once that’s done, he might take some time to visit one of those Swiss chocolate factories (but only for the free samples). He can often be found chopping vegetables in the kitchen, and makes a mean lasagna.

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  1. Thank you for opening up and sharing your story with us, Dawn Torrens. You are truly an inspiration to many, and I know your optimistic outlook on life as an adult, will encourage others dealing with similar circumstances to never give up on their dreams.

  2. Penelope Crowe says

    I had no idea–and from your smiling face that I see everyday I bet no one looking at you would have a clue either.
    I can’t wait to read your book 🙂
    How inspiring!!

  3. Inspirational! I think you’d enjoy reading The Language of Flowers–a thought-provoking, debut novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh about a young woman who ages out of foster care.

  4. Dawn, you are one of the most inspirational women I know. Thank you for your bravery, your candidness, your joy, and your love for others. It’s truly an exceptional person who can rise about hurt and use it to give hope. Thank you, my friend.

  5. It’s a pleasure to meet a lady who didn’t let her circumstances decide her future. Dawn is a good name for you. Bright and rising ~

  6. Dawn, you’re an inspiration for all of us. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Wonderful article, sweet. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Our real-life stories are what fascinate and inspire me also. I’d love to feature your story on my author blog, RachelintheOC.com — let’s chat!


  8. I was just curious why it’s called Amelia’s story?

  9. it was always Amelia and always your dream,
    one of the few people that always knew the story and book would materialise when the time was right – well done you