An author’s Christmas


How do writers spend their Christmas? Bestseller D.G. Torrens opts for an adventure in 2019.

Algarve, Portugal. Image by LauraRinke from Pixabay

How do writers spend their Christmas holidays you may ask? Well, this writer is taking my 10-year-old daughter to Portugal for a week. We are ditching the traditional Christmas lunch and opting for an adventure. Christmas day will be spent snorkeling, scuba diving and jet-skiing in the beautiful Algarve, followed by an organised barbeque on a private beach accompanied by live music. Not your typical Christmas day, but one that I am very much looking forward too.

My faithful laptop will be travelling with me and when my daughter is tucked up in bed at the end of the evening, I shall sit on the patio with a glass of wine and type away until the early hours of the morning — heavenly!

I must confess that I never travel anywhere without my laptop. Inspiration can strike at any time and I need to be ready. I find travelling around the world and immersing myself in new adventures greatly improves my writing. Travelling often provides me with new and exciting material. For example, the first time that I spent Christmas in India, a new story emerged. One year later, my novel, Forbidden was published.

Don’t get me wrong though; I love a traditional Christmas. However, after years of spending Christmas day preparing a sumptuous feast for the masses and running around like a headless chicken, I decided that I needed a break from it. The last three years, I have opted to go abroad and I needed to really feel like I was on holiday rather than in the kitchen and feeling exhausted by Boxing Day.

I made a promise to my daughter when she was very young that I would take her all over the world and show her as many countries as I could and when time allowed us. We still have many countries to visit, however, we are working our way through a long list!

There is something extra special about travelling around Christmas time: people are in high spirits, there is a magical feel in the air and strangers appear friendlier.

I write my best work during the winter months. I am not sure why that is — I just do. Maybe it’s because the winter months for me personally, represents a romantic feel. Autumn and winter are also my favourite seasons of the year.

I would like to wish all of our readers at Bestselling Reads a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year from my family to yours. Merry Christmas.

D.G. Torrens

Dawn Torrens 2019

is the author of 14 books, including the bestselling trilogy, Amelia’s Story #1, Amelia’s Destiny #2 and Amelia The Mother #3. This is an emotion-charged true story that the author wrote for her daughter.

D.G is a mother/writer/blogger who has a dream to inspire as many people as possible through her story. To show those with little hope that dreams can come true.

Born in England, passionate about writing, D.G. Torrens is married with a daughter. Her first book, Amelia’s Story, has inspired people all over the world. Amelia’s Destiny, book #2 is the sequel and is followed by Amelia The Mother book #3 in this awe-inspiring trilogy. A memoir that remains with D.G.’s readers long after they have put the book down …

D.G is a prolific writer and in 2013, her works were recognized by BBC Radio WM, where she has given several live interviews in the BBC studios in Birmingham, UK. Thereafter, D.G. became a regular Headline Reviewer for the radio show for the next 12 months.

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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.

Connect with Dawn Torrens on Facebook  Twitter or her blog.



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