Thursday, March 27, 2014

Introducing War Kids, a Young Adult Novel about Syria

Hayley Lawson is the author of War Kids, a young adult contemporary novel set in Syria which tells a story about the Syrian Civil war though the eyes of children. Today (March 27. 2014) is the official launch of Hayley's Kickstarter campaign to support the publication of War Kids.

Hayley was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings was hard and also character building. Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, she always believed if you work hard, you can do anything you want. If she didn't know how to do something, she would research until she did.

As a young child, Hayley found a passion for drawing and continued this into adulthood, graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA (Hons) in fashion design. At age 27, Hayley and her husband packed up their belongings for a lifelong dream to move to California. Her American dream was complete with the birth of her daughter. Her love for traveling continued after the birth of her daughter traveling around America with the family, and the best-traveled dog.

A new job positioned opened up New York, and the family decide to relocate to Long Island, NY, which is where she currently resides. On August 21, 2013, Hayley was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict, and she embarked on a unlikely journey of writing her first novel.

She is currently working on the War Kids sequel, a comedy for adults, and a children's book she is co-writing with her daughter.

- Synopsis of War Kids -

When a fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.

Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters. With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

To help fund the contemporary young adult novel War Kids - A Syrian Story, visit the Kickstarter Campaign page here: