Below is a copy of a blog posted by my co-author Penny Reid. I don’t often post here but today something happened that really hit home with both of us and we truly want to give it the attention it deserves. Growing up, I had a sibling with a learning difficulty. He was bullied relentlessly for it and even now it’s difficult to think about what he went through without feeling emotional. The fact I might have caused someone else a similar pain with my words is horrifying. Being an author comes with a lot more responsibility than one might think, and I take that responsibility very seriously. You are reaching people through your writing, and with that comes the ability to affect them in many different ways. I am not perfect. Sometimes I make mistakes, but when I do I like to hope I do everything in my power to make amends for them. I would never ever want to cause anyone emotional hurt or pain in any way, and so from the bottom of my heart I apologise to anyone who has been affected by our careless mistake.