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BEAST TRIALS: Bushey author to release first book in fantasy trilogy inspired by son

 Published on: 9th June 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Bushey author has revealed that her debut novel was inspired by her autistic son’s “wild imagination”.

Meadow’s Beginning will be published in July and is the first book in The Beast Trials trilogy by Georgina Carapiet, who writes under the pseudonym G.T. Jones and has lived in Bushey since 2006.

Georgina told BUSHEYnews that she loves writing and has always been “very creative”. In fact, her book is dedicated to a “fabulous” English teacher who always encouraged her to write.

After a mix-up with her exam results, Georgina ended up leaving school without GCSEs. As a young adult, she worked at fast-food restaurants and high street shops. Three years ago, she had the idea for The Beast Trials, and decided it was time to give writing a go.

Georgina is a mother to two boys, the youngest of whom, Jonjo, has autism and health difficulties.

She said: “Because of my son’s condition, I need to be on call all the time, so it’s hard to find a job that’s prepared to accommodate that. While my sons were at school, I found myself at home with not much to do.

“That’s when I started writing the book – it started as a hobby but as it developed, I grew more confident. When it was finished, I plucked up the courage to send it to publishers.”

After completing the first instalment in January 2023, Georgina’s book was accepted for publication by Cranthorpe Millner in August the same year.

She said: “They said they absolutely loved it. I was so excited that I remember letting out a squeal and my son came in to check I was okay!”

The Beast Trials: Meadow’s Beginning is a coming-of-age young adult fantasy novel inspired by Jonjo’s love of animals and magic.

The novel follows Meadow Woodley, whose life is turned upside down shortly after her 16th birthday when she discovers that her father is a beast from an enchanted world called Elementa. After the discovery that she is ‘half-beast’, Meadow is forced to travel to this magical world, and must compete in a series of challenges known as The Beast Trials.

Georgina said: “The day I saw the front cover, I was tingling – seeing my book come alive was an incredible feeling.”

The Beast Trials: Meadow’s Beginning is available for pre-order at all major retailers. Georgina’s first confirmed signing will be at Watford Waterstones from 12pm on Saturday, August 3.

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