All About Lum
At every author Q&A, I am asked how I come up with stories and specifically what inspired Lum. There are two replies to that. The short (fun) version which I give to children who ask. And the long (more emotionally-charged) version. Today, I’ll share both and your can choose your favourite. If you only want the fun version, scroll down to the photo of houses below.
One day at the swimming pool with my brother and my Dad, I was behaving completely out of character by loitering in the deep end, holding on tight to the edge because I was not a good swimmer. Dad wanted to know why and got out of me that the noisy kids in the shallow end had been bullying me. He had a word with them right there in the pool and that was the end of being scared by those kids.
I had completely forgotten about the time I was bullied. But memories don’t completely leave us, lurking in the back of our brains to surprise us later in life when they surge to the front triggered by a fresh experience.
The Short Version