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Miscellany at #3

As many of you know, my book, Miscellany, came out on Kindle across the world last Saturday.

I cannot describe the feelings I have experienced this last week. I am forever changed, and forever grateful for this journey I am on.

I have received dozens of wonderful, kind, loving, heart-warming messages since Miscellany was released. I am humbled by the fact that people have taken the time out of their days to message me to tell me how excited they are for my book, how happy they are for me, and how I have somehow helped them. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for every message, for every kind word I have received.

The day following Miscellany’s release, it hit the Top 50 in its category. Before I went to church, it was at #49. When I left church, my book had risen to #3. I have never been so thankful.

No author can hit a bestseller list without people spending their hard-earned money on their book. No author gets to a bestseller list on their own. Other people put them there.

To everyone who has helped me realise my dreams, who have put me on a bestseller list at the age of 19: THANK YOU!

Thank you seems so inadequate. You are the people who kept me in the Top 100 for five days out of the eight since my book came out. I can never thank you enough. I will never be able to convey my gratitude because there are no words to sufficiently describe just how thankful I am.

You’ve made my dreams come true. Thank you.

 

 

 

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MISCELLANY IS OUT!

I cannot believe it. Miscellany is out in worldwide territories as an E-book, and the paperback will be coming soon as well.

I remember sitting in school as a primary four pupil (I was nine). On the desk in front of me was a sheet of paper with the question: “Where do you see yourself in ten years?”

I wrote: “I see myself as a writer.” While writing it, I was thinking about how wonderful it would be to realise my dreams. Never did I actually think I would have a book published, let alone one published before the age of twenty.

I’m overwhelmed with emotions I can’t describe, no matter how I try.

My teenage years have been the most turbulent of my life. Suffering from on-off depression for six years, writing is what got me through it. Now, finally, I have something to share with you all.

Never give up on your passion because the rewards are limitless. I’m not talking about financial reward, though its nice too. I’m talking about the pride I feel knowing I’ve beaten my demons, my lack of self-belief.  I am a published author.

Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in me, to the people who have supported me, and thank you to everyone who has bought Miscellany already!

Signed copies will *hopefully* be available on my site very soon.

In the meantime, if you’re able, please consider downloading the Kindle version:

Amazon UK
Amazon US
Amazon Canada
Amazon Australia

THANK YOU ALL!

 

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How Was Miscellany Born?

miscellanyI have been asked a lot about how Miscellany came about, and have always given vague answers for the following reason: it is a long answer. Now, enough of you have asked that I think it’s time to answer the question. Disclaimer: it will be a relatively long blog post.

Since I learned how to write, I have wanted to be an author. For whatever reason, when I was sixteen-years-old I decided I wanted to have a book out before I turn twenty. It terrifies me to know I’ll be twenty next year…

Anyway, some of you will be wondering why exactly I want a book out before I turn twenty. It’s pretty simple: I have written a lot of stories, and even two eternally unpublishable novels, through my turbulent teenage years. My teenage years have not been easy, and I wanted to show that, despite whatever life may throw at you, it is possible to achieve your dreams. So, I set myself the goal of having a book out in my teens as a kind of victory over circumstances. Maybe that sounds cheesy, but it’s how I feel.

I didn’t particularly want my first book to be a full-length novel. I don’t honestly know how to explain why. Well, other than to say my life has felt like a lot of miscellaneous short stories mixed together (which is where the title came from) and I felt it would be disingenuous to me to publish a novel. I hope that makes sense.

I turned eighteen, and was left with the choice of heavily editing previously written short stories, or to write new ones. I had a myriad of ideas. In six months, I think I wrote about thirteen short stories. Choosing my favourites was easy: I simply chose the ones I had the most fun writing.

In the end, I had six stories, out of thirteen. Miscellany therefore comprises the following: Lady Tabitha’s Revenge, When Things Go Wrong, Her Day Off, Final Walk, Mad as a Hatter and The Screaming Woman.

All of these stories are dark for one reason: that’s what I can write. I once tried to write a romance, and couldn’t. I literally got to the fifth page and something exploded…

I got very lucky with my cover designer (Book Beaver) as the first cover they showed me was amazing. There were only three or four tweaks, and the final cover was there, and I could not be happier with the end result.

A lot of people are asking me when Miscellany is going to be published. The dates are not confirmed yet, but I have one in mind. As soon as the dates are definite, I will tell you. I promise. One thing I will tell you, though, is this: it is so close to being finished, and I cannot wait to share it with you all.