Author Amy’s new novel supports Roundabout
Sheffield author Amy Stone is hoping for a publishing success with her next novel, for all the money she makes will be going to South Yorkshire youth homelessness charity Roundabout.
Strong Stuff is the story of Ruby, a young carer who finds her world turned upside down when her mother dies and she is forced to live with her estranged father on the wrong side of the tracks, where her life as a teenager really begins.
And because the story reflects many of the issues faced by the young people using Roundabout’s services, Amy decided that her proceeds should support the charity.
Roundabout is South Yorkshire’s youth homeless charity, supporting young people aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“I decided to give my author royalties to Roundabout because they are a great charity and they do such important work,” said 33-year-old Amy, who lives in Heeley and works at the University of Sheffield.
“Strong Stuff is set in Sheffield and the main character encounters a lot of situations that could result in homelessness so it is very relevant to the work that the Roundabout team are doing.
“Although this is my second novel to be published I was actually working on it first and wrote it over the course of the last ten years.
“I shelved it for a while because I kept nearly getting a publishing deal and then getting knocked back, so I focused on another story, The Raven Wheel, and that did get published. After that came out, I picked up Strong Stuff again and I’m so pleased I did because now it will help Roundabout.”
Strong Stuff, by AF Stone, will be released by SRL Publishing in April and is available to pre-order from Waterstones, Amazon and Foyles.
Roundabouty works with more than 200 young people every day, providing shelter, support and life skills to help them gain independence. Their hostel is located near London Road and provides safe accommodation for 27 young people aged 16 to 21. The charity is strongly committed to preventing young people from becoming homeless and believes home is the best place to be if it is safe to be there. Its Homeless Prevention Service offers advice and support to young people who are at risk of becoming homeless due to family relationship breakdown.