Hi and thanks for visiting my Amazon author page! When I Ran Away is my first novel and I have been blown away by the lovely, heartfelt response I’ve had from readers. My main character, Gigi, is a woman that I think a lot of women can relate to because we’ve all been in her shoes – dealing with grief, with family dysfunction, with communication issues with our partners, with our mental health – at some point in our lives. And as tough as her story can be at times, I hope you also find her funny. I think people have such an incredible capacity to find lightness in the dark and I wanted Gigi to show that resilience through humour. I’m a New Yorker, like Gigi, and I live in London with my British husband and our two sons. I’ve lived in the UK for over twelve years and I still find the linguistic differences, the multitude of accents, and the cultural and class contrasts with the US fascinating, and I love writing about them. I’m a dual qualified US lawyer and UK solicitor and I practiced immigration law in the UK before I started writing fiction. My parents and grandparents were Ukrainian immigrants to the US and their history and struggles had a great impact on my life, so I’m always interested in stories about migration, otherness, and what it means to be on the outside of a place looking in. I’ve felt that a lot of times in my life and it’s a human experience I like to explore through writing. This is my first book and I have loved getting to know my readers. I still can’t believe it when someone tells me that they’ve read my book! You can find me on Instagram @ilona.bannister and on Twitter @ilonabannister. You can also click the yellow ‘follow’ link above to get alerts from Amazon about special deals for my books. Thank you so much for reading When I Ran Away.Read more Read less
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