“On August 21, 2013 as I watched TV and folded up my laundry, an image of a young girl appeared,” begins Lancaster-born Hayley J. Lawson.
The author of the book, War Kids – A Syrian Story, continues: “She was older than my daughter by a few years.
“The look of horror on her face clearly showed that she was in shock. She had been poisoned with nerve gas.
“The news reporter stated that the girl’s family had died in a chemical attack and that she was alone.
“The image of the child was burned into my mind, lingering there like the sun at midday.
“I wondered what would happen to this girl. I was touched by this image so much and was moved to tell her story, hence the birth of my novel.”
Hayley’s book tells a shocking Syrian Civil War story through the eyes of a 14-year-old survivor.
When Jada wakes up in a hospital, she knows that her life has changed beyond recognition for good.
And 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 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, love blossoms but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.
Hayley, who graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA(Hons) in fashion design, said: “It really is heartbreaking what is happening in Syria.
“I am sure there are many people out there like me who felt moved by the scenes we saw on the TV of the Syrian children who were killed and the many who were left orphaned and homeless.
“I was moved to write a novel about it and I hope many are moved to help see my novel come to life.”
Now living in Long Island, New York, Hayley is seeking crowdfunding via her Kickstarter campaign to help fund the professional editing costs of the young adult novel and to see it mass-produced.
You can visit her Kickstarter Campaign page at www.kickstarter.com/profile/warkids