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How author Jack Dowd tackled mental health

Jack Dowd has been a budding writer since childhood. But after years of “sitting and writing at the back of the classroom,” he has decided at the age of 24 to write his first novel.  

This debut novel ‘Empty Nights’ follows the plot of a teenage boy studying for his A-Levels who learns his childhood crush has fallen pregnant.

The character if forced to juggle the issues of trying to keep her secret, studying, coping with his parents’ divorce and his own mental health issues.

Mental health was a theme Jack wanted to highlight in his book.

He said: “Most people portray teenagers as moody, hormonal people, but I wanted to make people aware of their struggles.”

Jack took three and a half years to write ‘Empty Nights’ between working office jobs, and he hopes that he will have more time to dedicate to his future projects.

“I already have all my ideas sorted for my next projects until 2020. Whether they are done by then is another question”, Jack joked.

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