Hello, lovely person reading this.

I’m so glad you’re here.

My name is Annika (pronounced Annie-kah) and I’m a writer based in the West Midlands, UK. I’m a massive fan of reading stories and using writing to reclaim our own narrative.

As a child, I saw myself in fictional characters such as Harriet the Spy and Matilda (minus the magical powers). Reading gave me a much-needed escape from a chaotic childhood, and writing helped me explore my voice. 

I’ve lived through many chapters of trauma and heartbreak, but eventually I became the hero I was waiting for.

So, pour yourself a cuppa of Yorkshire’s finest and get comfy, and I’ll tell you how I saved myself and, more importantly, how you can do the same.

I write (mostly) from experience

I was born to a teenage mum. I grew up experiencing and witnessing domestic abuse in two of my mum’s relationships. I changed schools and bedrooms often because we were fleeing the abuse, staying in women’s refuge and sometimes with family.

There’s no sugarcoating it, my home was an unsafe environment for any child. I felt frustrated because I had so much to say, but I didn’t feel safe enough to say it. 

But this experience created a deep passion to support and help women to flourish in life.

My story continues

A long time ago, a little girl with a big imagination dreamed about writing stories. She loved The Secret Island by Enid Blyton, The Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, and any other book she could get her hands on. She read books and wrote stories and basked in the safety of fantasy worlds. She loved the idea of being an author, but never knew she’d actually make it happen.

That little girl was me.

My love of words followed me into adulthood, and I now facilitate creative and therapeutic writing workshops that focus on healing, self-care, and personal development.

I once believed that I was smart, but someone else made me feel like I didn’t matter. It took a long time to believe in myself again and feel that my words were worth sharing.

Now I can tell you I’ve written books and helped women feel confident enough to write their stories too.

My experiences could have held me back, but I’ve used them to build the woman I am today. This website is a testament of me taking back my power.

I became hero of my own story.

And I believe that you can be the hero of yours.