Today is the first Friday of Walker Books’ #FailureFriday campaign which is running throughout the month of June in support of the new-look Timmy Failure books. The aim of the campaign is to show children that failure is an option and to embrace, rather than fear, it.
This is a subject that is close to our heart at Toppsta Towers and so we asked four different authors about their thoughts and experiences of failure. Check out the answers from Matt Oldfield, Abi Elphinstone, Jeff Norton and Amy McCulloch below. We’ll be sharing more failure stories from authors next #FailureFriday!
Matt Oldfield – author of the much-loved Football Heroes series
We all have setbacks in life, even football heroes. Call them failures if you like, but I prefer to think of them as opportunities to stop, think and learn.
Before I started writing books, I worked in publishing. I loved being involved in the world of books, but as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get the jobs that I wanted. At first, it was disappointing and frustrating, but after a while, it made me think – ‘What do I really, really want to do?’ The answer was simple: I wanted to write books. That had been my dream, ever since I was a child. And so I decided to focus all my efforts on becoming an author. Ta-da!
The aim of our football series is to tell the full stories of today’s heroes; not just their amazing successes but also their setbacks along the way. The growth problems, the injuries, the poor performances, the rejections; the failures, I guess. That way, readers get to see real-life examples of determination, resilience, and bouncing back.