Charm Bracelet Girls #3: The Key Keeper

Last night I received a very exciting email from my Graphics Designer. Mark, who is based in the USA and who has been my Graphics Designer for years (since I very first started writing at 7 years old!), has been working on the final version of the cover for the third book in the Charm Bracelet Girls series. The third book, The Key Keeper, centres on Chessa Webb, and delves into a world of different colours and perspectives, exploring what it’s like to view people through a different lens to your friends.

Despite The Key Keeper heading in a slightly different direction to the first two books in the series, I still wanted to ensure the cover design continued the same CBG theme. Although this was discussed with Mark, still, the excitement I felt late last night when the final cover design came through was, to say the least, out of this world; I am completely over the moon! This cover is now one of my favourites in the series so far, and to me depicts Autumnal mystery and beauty. I absolutely love it.

Here is a sneak peek of what it will look like once it is published in Autumn 2016:

It seems so surreal that this book will exist and be available to buy in a year! And it’s with so much thanks to everyone close to me who support me, whether that’s the people reading my blog, buying and reading my books, or even just encouraging me to keep on writing when the Writers’ Block kicks in! This is a magical process, and moments like book cover designs make it even more special. I couldn’t be more grateful!

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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

 

About Me

From a very early age, I knew I would always love books. I remember even from being about two years old how excited I would be when my mum would tell me we were going to the library: to me, there was nothing better than sitting down and being read a story; anything could happen as the pages turned.

Predictably, once I joined school, my love for books and, as a result, writing, grew. By the time I was six, I was flying through all of my Charlie and Lola books, so quickly that my mum was inspired to give me a beautiful book she had bought me years before and had intended to give to me when I was older; a thick book filled with classic fairytales, complete with stunning illustrations—and advanced writing. I adored that book, and I have treasured it ever since. I would say that was my first favourite book.

With my love of reading, encouraged further by my mum, who was willing to buy new books whenever I finished the ones I had and who suggested I try books with a more sophisticated style in order to enhance my vocabulary, I soon had a list of favourites that were aimed at older children, including The Naughtiest Girl in the School series by Enid Blyton, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo, The Puppy series by Anna Wilson, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, The Nine Lives of Montezuma by Michael Morpurgo, Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, and Matilda by Roald Dahl. I also fell in love (and became completely obsessed) with Cathy Cassidy books; I adored the stories and I quickly developed emotional attachments with the characters. It was these stories, and Cathy’s writing style, that inspired me to first start writing.

In November 2011, when I was in Year 4 of primary school, I published my first book—a non-fiction teaching the principles of the worldwide craze that was the Moshi Monsters game. Whether you’re an eight year old (as I was as the time) or a fully grown adult, this kind of achievement is huge, and I remember the feeling of seeing my own words in print, and recognising the potential—and likelihood—for people to read (and hopefully enjoy!) what I had written.

After publishing my first book, writing became an addiction, and I knew I wanted to continue on with my career by authoring more books. When I was nine, I read my first adult book, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which is still my favourite book to this day. Since that first experience with Lauren Oliver, I have adored reading her books, and I went on to read and love the Delirium series after that. Shortly after, I read Stolen by Lucy Christopher, which was breath-taking, and then I became immersed in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, with my mum then introducing me to Harlan Coben, an extremely talented thriller writer, who took me on many, many emotional rollercoaster rides as I sat devouring his work. Here are a few of my favourite books today:

  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  • No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  • Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • One For My Baby by Tony Parsons
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
  • The Matched series by Ally Condie

All of these books are unforgettable, and I love them all in completely different ways: Harlan Coben’s books for when I am seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure; Thirteen Reasons Why for the twists and turns, and how the story unfolds; My Sister’s Keeper for the spectacular twist, and in appreciation of the time, effort and research that went into this story; Little Women for a number of reasons, including the fact it is so beautifully written and heart-achingly realistic. I could praise and write about these books all day, but it is enough to say all of these books, in different ways, have inspired me and given me amazing experiences as a reader.

My love of reading and the recognition that books take readers on an emotional journey have encouraged my desire to write books. At the present time, I am working on my first fiction series, Charm Bracelet Girls, with the first book, The Friendship Flame, set for publication very soon! My passion and drive keep me pushing forward in mind of achieving my writing goals, but I am also inspired by, and grateful to, a number of different people, all of whom have played, and continue to play, a key role in my aspirations:

My mum, Hayley Paige, who is also my editor, publisher, manager and advisor, my friend and shoulder to cry on; she is my rock, my absolute world, and I would be nowhere without her. She has started from nothing, working her way up without help or support, setting up editing businesses, and a publishing house, Notebook Publishing—all while being a single mummy. I am so grateful to have her. She is everything I need.

My little sister, Amelia, who always manages to make me laugh, and who, even for a little girl of such a young age, has such a caring and compassionate nature that always inspires me to take a step back and approach life with a more considerate heart. I am so proud to be able to watch her grow, and to be called her sister.

My best friend, Emma Johnson, who has put up with my tantrums and tears, and who has always encouraged me to aim for the stars, always giving me amazing, constructive feedback, and has held my hand whilst having my back through everything.

My two aunties, Laura and Samantha: both have listened to my worries and given me honest and genuine feedback, and never-wavering love.

Martyne, my second mum, who has always been of a huge support to me, and encouraged me to do what’s right.

Harlan Coben, Lauren Oliver and Cathy Cassidy, for inspiring me with their stories, giving me the drive to write.

And, of course, I could never forget my two cats, Ayla and Oliver, who are there for cuddles whenever I’ve felt down. They give me unconditional love and affection, and are a source of amusement and laughter at all times!

Now, more than ever before, I am determined to work towards achieving my dreams. Through watching my mum and seeing that dreams really can become reality, I have learnt that hard work pays off—and that success is measured by actually trying.

Books, Brews and Biscuits!

I think that one of the best things in life are the simple things: you don’t need a huge television or PlayStation or riches to be happy; the simple things are what make people more grateful for what they have. Getting lots and lots of everything you ever wanted would most likely turn you greedy and expectant, and might even make you hard to be around. I have learnt over the years (and I know I’m only young!) that it is the little things that matter.

In the same way, it is also the little things that can give you ideas that will then evolve into something big—and which could go some way to helping you achieve all you ever dreamt of (and hence get you that television or PlayStation or whatever it is you desire). For some, it might be some paints or coloured pencils: you could learn to become skilled in how to use them, and then you’d have a new skill that could change your life. For others, it might be something as simple as some seeds, which can encourage a skill for gardening. For me, the little things I have always loved are books, a cup of tea and a biscuit. Strange…? Regardless, books transport me to new worlds, help me gain perspective and also expand my vocabulary.

I honestly believe it is my love of books that has meant I can publish my own books and earn my own money, which allows me to leave my mark on the world—which is what I have always wanted to do! At first, everyone (yourself included) might think that the thing you love doing and are constantly doing is just your talent and something you’re good at; maybe nothing more than a hobby. But always remember: if you are determined, keep at it and try your very hardest. You should pursue anything you’ve ever wanted to do.

This is why I’m thankful for books, brews and biscuits!

Faye xx

What Have I Been Doing…?

The recent weeks have been spent writing chapters for my new book, The Friendship Flame, which is the first book in a series I am writing for girls called Charm Bracelet Girls!

I have a graphic designer in America, who this morning has sent me some ideas for the front cover. I have chosen my favourite design, and so I’m very excited about that, and I can’t wait to show my readers a preview (coming very soon)! I have chosen a design that I like, but I was also keeping in mind my readers, so I hope you like it!

I am very excited about my new book, as I know some of my fans have been waiting for a new one. I thought I would give it about a year until I wrote another one; I thought I would give my readers some time to finish and enjoy my first book—and maybe even read a new, fresh one. I hope you enjoy it when it comes out—I am writing as quickly as I can!

Today I have seen on www.amazon.com that nine people have recently bought and ‘liked’ my book, Moshi Monsters: The Unofficial Beginners’ Guide to Collecting Moshlings, Earning Rox and more!, and on www.amazon.co.uk four have done the same. I am so grateful and pleased to know that my readers have been enjoying the book. And FYI: Watch out for the second edition, which isn’t too far away!

Faye xx