Today I am writing with some very exciting news: The Friendship Flame is now available online, having been published on June 22nd, and can be bought from a number of retailers, including Amazon and Waterstones! This has been such an incredibly exciting time for me, with Waterstones representing the peak of that excitement. As my favourite bookstore, it is a huge milestone and personal achievement for me.
The past week or so has been spent celebrating with my closest family and friends. Now all celebrations are done and dusted, it’s back to working hard—notably writing the second book in the series, Star Shower. I am absolutely loving writing the second book; I am loving the characters and how the story is unfolding. I am currently in the planning stage, creating the book’s blueprint, and am halfway through planning Chapter 7—just under a third of the way through already!
In addition to writing, I am also spending excessive amounts of time reading and keeping on top of my home education.
The completion of The Friendship Flame has made me feel triumphant, and there is a huge sense of accomplishment after investing such a long time into that project. It is my hope my readers will enjoy Kendal’s story of family, trust and, most importantly, friendship!
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!