“I decided to write this book to reveal the real devastation childhood trauma can have throughout a victims life but with hope and the realisation you are not alone and not to blame, greatness can be achieved.”

The debut book from Enfield’s Sharron Spice, Kruella: A Daughter’s Tale, tells her story of growing up “disadvantaged and severely neglected”.

The cover illustration, by Marshall Gilchrist, shows Alma Road tower blocks and maisonettes, which are all due to be taken down.

I spoke to Sharron to find out more...

Where do you live?

I moved to Enfield when I was four years old. I grew up on Alma road in Ponders End in a maisonette.

Why did you decide to write the book?

I wanted to write about my experience growing up in an area that has social and economic issues.

I encountered lots of problems in the home and I was let down by a variety of government services.

The area is now being demolished and I thought it was important to write about my time there.

Was it difficult to write?

It was difficult to write initially but it was also very was really cathartic and enabled me to heal and move on.

What is your writing process?

I would try to write a chapter every evening but it just depends how I was feeling.

There were times I couldn’t return to it for weeks, they were the really hard chapters within the memoir.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I never got writers block for Kruella, but have when it comes to writing plays. I am about to start the process of writing a comedy ready for July 2019, so will have to start soon.

Anything to add?

As well a writing, I am an actress and youth mentor, currently studying for a degree in Youth Justice.

Kruella: A Daughter’s Tale is available on Amazon.