A World of Fans!

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This morning, as I was working on Star Shower, my mum called me and told me that she had been reviewing the figures behind my website and analysing the visitors and different people who have viewed my blog. I was amazed when she reeled off a list of thirty-seven countries! I am beyond over the moon, and so I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shown me support, just by clicking onto my blog, keeping up-to-date with my projects and taking the time to comment. It means the world to me!

This has put me in the greatest mood today, and has encouraged me to write another chapter in the blueprint of Star Shower.

For my own record and to satisfy the curiosity of my readers, below I have listed all the countries with fans that have viewed my website. I write this list as a big shout-out, recognising everyone’s support and emphasising that it hasn’t gone unnoticed:

  • The United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • The United States
  • Malaysia
  • Portugal
  • India
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • Spain
  • Indonesia
  • Bangladesh
  • France
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Thailand
  • Mexico
  • Ecuador
  • Puerto Rico
  • Ghana
  • Egypt
  • Switzerland
  • Bolivia
  • Slovenia
  • Cambodia
  • Hungary
  • Venezuela
  • Dominican Republic
  • Philippines
  • Gibraltar
  • Canada
  • Norway
  • Taiwan
  • Qatar
  • Chile.

As a way of showing my thanks and ongoing, unwavering dedication to my fan base, I am continuing to work as hard as I can by having Star Shower published in time for the Christmas markets. I am currently planning Chapter 12, which means I am almost halfway through! At this point, things are starting to get sticky for Charlie, SS’s main character…

Thank you again so much for all the support. As always, I’ll keep you updated on any news!

Faye xx

 

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Presenting ‘Justice, Truth and Power’

I want to begin this post by thanking everyone who has liked, commented on and followed my blogs. Last night, I gained 14 new followers and I am so grateful for that!

On another note, for those who have been following my works the past few years, a couple of weeks ago I began writing a prologue for a book I have been pondering on for quite some time. At this stage, I’m not completely sure where this book is going to go or what is going to happen, but I am so excited about its potential. I showed it to my mum straight after I had written it and she said it was the best piece of my writing by far, and so I’ve been itching to show it to my fans! Bear in mind this hasn’t been edited as yet, and so it probably won’t be exactly like this if/when it reaches the publication stage.

Justice, Truth and Power—Prologue:

Have you ever felt like the whole world is against you? That there is nothing you could ever do to make people accept you for who you are? Have you ever felt like all the people you ever loved or trusted was sliding away from you, like sand through your fingertips? Have you ever felt that you were just touching your wildest dreams, discovering your fate, your destiny, before it just glided out of reach again? That’s how I feel. That’s how I’ve always felt. I don’t belong with my family. I don’t belong in my school. I don’t belong in my body. I don’t belong in this world. Constantly, I feel like curling up into a little ball and dying in my sleep and going to a better place, a place that isn’t this world, a place somewhere else, a place where everything and everyone is at peace. But I can’t do that. I never will.

I’ve tried before, to kill myself, I mean, but there have always been people there to stop me, to drag me back to that mental hospital. That’s exactly what people think I am: mental. I’m stupid. Mum and Dad talk about me in front of me as if I’m not there.

‘I wish she could just do something by herself for once,’ Dad would moan.

‘Why can’t she be like her other brothers and sisters?’ Mum would add.

Nobody understands. Nobody gets what goes through my head everyday. They think I’m useless, a waste of space, a waste of precious time. But they don’t know the half of me. They don’t know what I think of them. They probably don’t care. They just pick on me because I’m different. Just because I wear glasses, or that I have braces, or that I’m in a wheelchair, doesn’t make me who I am.

It’s not my fault, none of this is my fault. It’s their faults. It’s that bloody bomb’s fault that I’ll never be able to walk again, give myself a bath again, run again! My brothers and sisters are scared of me. My so-called mates walked out on me that first day I came back to school from that hospital. They looked at me like I was a slug on their shoes: disgusting, pathetic, a disgrace.

In those six seconds, when the bomb was scheduled to explode onto me, my life changed from happy, bright, colourful, to dark, cloudy, a place no-one wants to be.

But I’m a fighter. I know that. They might not, but I do. And I’m not afraid to show it. And that’s why on September 18th, 2016, I’m going to give them exactly what they gave to me: suffering, a life nobody wants. Most of all, I’m going to show everyone else that I’m not who they think I am. I am going to prove them all wrong.

I am Briella, and this is my story of justice, truth, and power.

I’m desperate to know people’s opinions, so please comment if you want to share your thoughts!

Faye xx

Nearly There!

Well, after a few glitches and hitches, it has been decided that The Friendship Flame, the first book in the Charm Bracelet Girls series, is to be published by mid-March! And, to top it all off, my website is soon going to be up and running! Personally, I think it is looking fab at the moment, and I can’t wait for my followers to see it! In addition, my official fanpage on Facebook will also be launched soon! Everything’s happening all at once—and it’s so exciting!

My plan this evening, after I have finished writing this blog, is to snuggle down on the sofa and read a book… perfection, right? Currently, I am reading Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton. I’m nearing the end and it’s absolutely incredible!

Although I’m biased as both a writer and a reader, I still think that books can really open up your mind to different things in the world. I think that, if they try, everyone can find at least one book they love, whether it’s a thriller, romance or something entirely different. Reading is a great way to relax, let your hair down and learn without you even realising it!

Tonight I am feeling really optimistic about my writing career, and it feels like I’m on Cloud Nine! I am especially excited about my website as that means I’ll be able to connect with my fans.

But hey, no more spoilers! I’m going to relax and read…

Faye xx

Excitement & Nerves

Hiya,

Gosh, I can’t believe this, but I have nearly finished writing the whole book of The Frendship Flame! I only have two or three more chapters to write, and then that’s it: it’s ready to be edited and published! The whole process is so exciting, but it’s really nerve racking, too: what if it isn’t a success and I’ve been kidding myself all along? The thing is, though, dreams don’t always have to be a picture in your mind, something you wish for: it can become a reality, if you work hard to get it, and that seems to be what I’m doing! I have lots of role models, such as my mum, Cathy Cassidy (my all-time favourite children’s author), and Lauren Oliver (another one of my favourites). Michael Morpurgo, Cathy Cassidy, Jacqueline Wilson, they all inspired me to be writing my books and achieving my dream, and you know what? It doesn’t seem so crazy, so impossible, now that I am getting close to officially achieving it. It just comes to show that dedication can go a long way.
It’s crazy to think that by the end of this month, The Friendship Flame will finally be up and running and in the stores. It comes to show that when you put loads of work and effort into something, you always get something out of it.
I want to thank all of my role models, including my best friends of all time, Emma and Natalia, for always being so supportive and helpful, Jenna, another best friend but also the best cousin in the world, and, of course, my little sister Amelia, for always managing to put a smile on my face. So many people have helped me along the way of achieving my dream, and I don’t think I tell them enough how much I appreciate it.

A message to all people out there: never give up your dream, no matter what anyone says, because you know what? It’s not always as impossible as it seems. Work hard, and I can guarantee you’ll get it before you know it. I’m not saying it’s easy–it’s not– but you can always find a way.

Faye xx

Almost Time!

Hiya,

Whoa, time has been speeding along so quickly! The day of the release of The Friendship Flame is drawing closer and closer… I can’t wait, but it’s a little scary, too! I have just finished writing half of chapter twenty-three, so at the moment I am taking a quick break by writing this post, eating sweets and listening to music… the best way to keep motivated, in my humble opinion!

I will keep you all updated on my progress as much as I can. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Faye xx

How am I Doing…?

Hiya,

Wow, I am making quite a lot of progress with The Friendship Flame, if I do say so myself! I have just completed Chapter Seventeen, and it’s getting quite exciting! Anyway, I won’t give you any spoilers– I am going to keep everything a surprise!

Ooh, 32 days until the release (and no, I’m not counting). I can’t wait! It’s so exciting to be releasing my second book! I also can’t wait to do the next book in the Charm Bracelet Girls series, but I need to take one step at a time, with a few books along the way…

What about you? Are you excited about the release of The Friendship Flame? If so, I’d love to hear your feedback, so feel free to comment below!

Faye xx

The Friendship Flame progress!

Hiya,

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog but, nevertheless, here I am! I thought I would let my fans know about the progress I have been making in my first book in the Charm Bracelet Girls series, The Friendship Flame! I am currently working on Chapter Nine, so I am definitely slowly but surely making progress with the book!

To add to this jumble of excitement, I have set a date for this book to be released: August 2nd! That means I have just over 2 months to write it, edit it, get it into the correct format and publish it, but I’m going to give it my best shot! With my mother, editor and publisher (all in one!) at my side, I know I can do it!

I am also making good progress with the book of fairy-tales I have been working on for approximately a year! Hopefully that will be out soon, too, although I haven’t set a release date for it  yet. There are still a lot of things needed to be done with it, but I’m still optimistic!

Feel free to comment!

Faye xx