National read a book day is an annual event, an a awareness day that takes place annually on 6th September.
For some people (like myself), reading is our ultimate form of relaxation, where all our stress and worries deflate and disappear as we are pulled into the authors world/time that they have created for us readers.
However for other’s, when it comes to reading, it can seem like a bit of a chore. National read a book day is celebrated to help encourage all of us to take a little break to curl-up and get stuck into a good book or read out loud to the family.
National read a book day is the perfect excuse to sit back, relax and get lost in a book, whether you’re rediscovering some old favourites or delving into a new bestseller, why not take advantage of the day and sink into a good story/tale.
Before you start wondering, how on this earth am I going to read a full book in a day? There simply isn’t enough time, not enough hours in the day!
Fear not! The intention of national read a book day is to motivate you to open your mind and eyes to a book for at least a few minutes of the day. To take that little break away from work, from our lives and get lost in a fictional characters adventures instead. It isn’t necessary for you to read a book from front to back, simply reading a page is good enough.
So whether you are an avid bibliophile, an occasional reader or simply haven’t picked a book up in a while take advantage of the day, spare a few minutes or hours of your time to pick up that book you’ve been thinking about reading and finally get started.
So don’t waste anymore time, sit back, relax and open up a book!
What way’s can I get involved?
One way to get involved is to help get the little ones involved!
If you have children, then today is the perfect excuse to sit down with your little one/s and read them a fascinating tale or maybe take an hour out of your day to sit down all together to read a book. Before bed if you don’t already why not read them a bedtime story.
Did you know?
Reading is much more of a complex task for our human brain rather than, say, sitting down and watching the TV
Reading also strengthens our brains connections and can also build NEW connections
Reading improves concentration
Reading can also help children learn more about the world around them
Reading also improves our vocabulary and language skills
Reading helps develop a child’s imagination
Reading isn’t just fun but it can also be a great way to spend time together!
There are many different benefits that are associated with reading, so what are you waiting for! Go pick up that book!
I was sent a beautifully covered book by the lovely author Emily Priest to read and review for free. I would like to state before starting my book review, like all my reviews (books or otherwise) I give my full honest opinion and would never suggest something to my readers/viewer that I didn’t fully enjoy myself.
With that being said, free products or books will not change my opinion, good or bad.
About Emily Priest
Emily was born in Southampton in 1997 but moved to Portsmouth in 2016 to study creative and media writing at Portsmouth University.
There she refined her writing and developed as a professional -building and extensive portfolio of creativity, journalism, radio and marketing. Emily was also awarded a ‘young journalist’ award in 2017 from unity 101 and then went on to publish her work in 2018 in several publications
Emily Priest’s first compilation, Nicotine and Napalm, is a raw and unflinching exploration of love and loss. This collection of prose and poetry is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her own discovery of sexuality, strength and weakness.
I’ll start off by saying that this wonderful creation of compiled poetry has received a 5/5 start rating from me.
When I had received Emily’s book I was instantly in love with the cover. If you have read my ‘Bookish Confessions’ by the amazing @BethTabler you’ll know that I have been guilty of “judging a book by it’s cover.” I can’t help but appreciate and be drawn to an attractive looking book, I’m only human after all!
Diving into Emily’s series of poems I was instantly captivated by the by the beautifully placed words and although tragic and full of heartache there was a beauty in these words that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
This is the kind of book I would want my sisters and friends to read, something I believe should be placed into high school libraries for young girls to get their hands on and read. There are so many messages and hidden meanings in this amazingly put together poetry book that young girls and women can relate to, messages that young girls need to hear, need to know while learning to grow and love.
Emily has shown that she is nothing but audacious when it comes to her writing, showing and expression in such depth emotion of the love gained and loss through her journey of sexuality and self discovery.
And, she has inspired me to get back into writing my own poetry!
If you love poetry, love, heartbreak, self-discovery, passion, raw emotions… then this is something for you, this is one book you do not want to miss out on reading and enjoying. I’m so honoured to have read and experienced Emily’s emotions through her poetry and I have to admit there were a few line, especially towards the end that had the taps in my eyes running on full.
You can purchase or download your copy of Nicotine and Napalm right here! And don’t for get to check out Emily’s social medias!
Overall this beautifully written poetry book is something I would recommend to everyone of my female friends, family, blogging fam and strangers!
I hope this has inspired you to check out her book and read it for yourself! If there was one book, one piece of poetry that I had to recommend to the world, it would be this poetry book without hesitation.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and as always I appreciate any comments or shares that I receive on all my posts and I wish you all a lovely week!
The long Road is a debut novel written by a brilliantly talented author, Daniel B. Oliver. (5/5 stars -from me)
About the Author
Daniel Oliver has bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and Physician Assistant Studies. In writing his debut novel, THE LONG ROAD, he drew inspiration from his experience as a Physician Assistant in a psychiatry ward and his own struggles with mental illness and hospitalizations.
Oliver is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys the single life–and the oysters.
Aspiring engineer Hank Galloway wants two things in life: to snag a coveted position working for NASA and to get an accurate diagnosis of his mental illness.
Hank doesn’t realise how serious his disorder is until he’s hospitalised following a mental breakdown near his California college. Medical experts try to give him answers but can’t provide him with the peace or relief he desperately craves. Despite their assurances, his mental health keeps deteriorating.
Hanks struggles don’t just affect him; they also threaten to derail his relationship with his girlfriend. Worse still, Hank’s overbearing father demands that he move back home to Georgia and go on disability. But that would mean giving up on his dream career, and Hank isn’t ready to do that, despite his fears of suffering another breakdown. Will, Hank, achieve his goal of sending ships beyond the stars, or is he destined to remain grounded?
(Now this isn’t a book I would usually pick up to choose and read however when the Author, Daniel, contacted me about viewing his book I was already instantly drawn to it and agreed to give a full honest review on his book. A few weeks after, his fascinating and simply, yet beautifully covered book came through my door with a lovely message in side).
The long Road is a wonderfully written novel about a young man named Hank, with a dream of working for NASA, Hank values his knowledge and seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders in terms of career.
Hank is struggling to to chase his dream with a linger mental health illness that starts to take over and try to rule his life, in turn killing his dream job. He struggles to find his own identity while battling this unknown illness.
With a domineering and quite frankly in my eyes an abusive father, Hank is still a rather kind, thoughtful and very intelligent who comes from a very wealthy family, but flips into a slightly aggressive and paranoid young man with delusional episodes, like one flips a light switch and struggles to maintain friendships/relationships due to his mental illness and having incorrect diagnosis’s.
As soon as I picked this simple looking yet beautiful book up I was instantly drawn into Hanks mind and into the world he saw. Just reading through the first few pages it is clear that something was going on that had Hank fearing for his life.
The author really has done a fantastic job at drawing his readers into the mind of Hanks and into the mind of a young person struggling with an unknown mental health illness, while still trying to pursue his life long dream of working for NASA.
Daniel Oliver introduces us to Hank in a rather… action-packed, intriguing way. My firsts op on Hank was that he was a little overly paranoid, with his thoughts quickly turning dark and making him believe that people, including his friends were out to harm him in some way. But had a clear dream and goal in mind that he wanted no interruptions from and was ready and willing to accepts the medication prescribe to him in the hopes of helping him.
I found it to be an incredibly amazing, fast and easy read as I was led on Hanks journey to being diagnosed and found myself reading it with in three days (that’s on top of daily life, and extra bits in between) and think I could have easily read this in a day had I started reading it on the weekend!
I’d recommend this book to all my friends, family and views/readers!
This isn’t a book that I would usually typically read but I am so glad that Daniel had reached out to me about his book and sent me a copy for my honest review (I do apologise that it has taken me so long to write this review out, but I spent a good time doing a lot of mental health the past couple of weeks and less on reviews).
And once again I would like to state that I would never recommend a book to you that I didn’t fully and truthfully enjoyed myself. This has been one interesting and intriguing and emotional journey that I’m glad I was able to experience with Hank and know anyone else who picks up this great novel will too!
If you would like to check this book out for yourselves, then just CLICK HERE. (It’s currently free for Kindle Addition!)
I have been so excited about sharing my review for Moxie as Moxie is not the typical kinda of book I usually read and was definitely far off from the usual books I’m used to reading. Due to it not being the typical book that I read I do feel the need to say that it took me a little while to get into this book but once I did?…I didn’t want to put it back down.
To get your hands on your own novel of Moxie by Alex Poppe click on one of these links below:
I don’t usually add trigger warnings as most of the books I read usually do however for the sake of my readers who do need to avoid them I thought I’d add the following:
Suicide, Depression and Alcoholism
Jax, a magazine-cover model, has had half her face destroyed in a bomb blast. Drowning in whiskey and self-loathing, she must rebuild her life now that her beauty is gone. Part love letter to New York, part commentary on social justice issues, Moxie is a timely and raw portrayal of the sometimes self-destructive search for identity and redemption.
We are instantly thrown into the vicious and toxic thoughts that is Jax who is has sunken into a deep pit of depression and is currently engaging in her toxic and resentful thoughts as she walks her short journey to adopting her new rescue dog Moxie! However it isn’t long before her new rescue dog runs away whilst Jax is out taking her on a walk.
Distraught and worried out of her mind Jax then decides to embark on an unknown and adventurous journey in the hopes of finding her new rescue dog Moxie. Along the way New York shows her all the amazing, imperfect and quirky, colourful character’s it has to offer.
As I progressed through the heart wrenching story we start to notice that this journey quickly becomes less about finding her lost dog Moxie but rather it becomes a journey to self-discovery and finding the person she is behind all the beauty, the self-loathing and toxic thoughts as she spirals into an uncontrolled self-loathings and pity, fulled with the help of all the whiskey she consumed like a life line.
The horror and trauma that Jax has had to endure throughout her life is shown to us throughout this book as well as her short-term relationships that all seem to be solely sexually driven and lacking in any emotional human connection that all eventually has it’s own emotional effect on her, leaving her feeling more vulnerable and lower than before, she is left feeling lost and trying to figure out the life she now has to live.
When reading through as previously stated this wasn’t the typical kinda of book I’d pick up and try reading. But as soon as I was able to get into it, which really didn’t take that long once I stuck with it for a few days on and off, I was sucked into Jax’s world, into her body feeling her emotions. I was really connected with Jax as the main character and truly felt as though I was on that journey to self discovery myself.
At the start I thought of Jax as a very self-loathing and someone slightly too self involved and a very mean spirited woman, but upon reading further into her story and the challenges she has overcome as well as all the new ones she now has to face she stated to grow on my more and I began to connect and understand Jax a lot better, seeing her character grow and change into (in my opinion) a better person, a better woman for herself.
This book was well and truly written with raw emotion behind every word in every paragraph and made me feel more than I expected/wanted. It was a truly outstanding and intriguing read, just the title alone: ‘Moxie’ and the cover image (as much as hate judging a book by it’s cover I feel we are all slightly guilty of that in some ways) that just drew my attention and sparked my interest. The Synopsis alone was a truly intriguing read that made me want to read this amazing book in the first place.
The writing was easy to read and very engaging, with the novels deep and meaningful story that I truly feel as though this talented Author, Alex Poppe, had done an amazing job of dealing/tackling with some emotionally hard-hitting problems with really great page turners.
All her character appear to be flawed and imperfect in their own unique way which really makes them relatable . I can say I have honestly never read a book quite like Moxie before and I don’t regret the change in genre one bit!
This is one of the few page turning, heart wrenching books I could find myself re-reading again and again just to experience such an emotionally and mentally challenging adventure. I believe my readers/viewers would instantly get stuck into this story and love it! I’d never recommend any book I didn’t like to any one and so you can be rest assured that my thoughts and opinions on any book I share is a 100% honest (that especially goes for this one!) and wouldn’t do so if I didn’t truly believe that people reading this wouldn’t love this book too, even if this isn’t the typical book you usually read!
4/5 stars from me!
About The Incrediable Author: Alex Poppe
Alex Poppe is the author of the debut novel Moxie (2019) and the story collection Girl, World (2017). Girl, World was named a 35 Over 35 Debut Book Award winner, First Horizon Award finalist, Montaigne Medal finalist, and was short- listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. It was also awarded an Honourable Mention in General Fiction from the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her short fiction has been a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest, a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and commended for the Baker Prize. Her non-fiction was named a Best of the Net nominee (2016), a finalist for Hot Metal Bridge’s Social Justice Writing contest, and has appeared in Bust and Bella Caledonia. She is an academic writing lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and is working on her third book of fiction with support from Can Serrat International Art Residency and Asociacíon Cultural LINEA DE COSTA DUPLO Artist in Residency programs.
None of this would have been made possible if not for the amazing @FraserFunHouse hosting yet another fantastic blog tour! Or for the brilliant author Alex Poppe for writing and sharing with the world such an fantastic, heart wrenching page tuner of a novel!
A few weeks ago I had received A lovely package containing, Magic Pie by Robyn Embrey to review. A beautifully illustrated and written book made for children. I had received it wrapped up in lovely packaging and when I opened it up I was greeted with more than just the book! I’d been gifted with some colouring pages, some bookmarks and a bottle of fairy dust! How wonderful?
This enchanting rhyming children’s book takes us on Olly’s journey through magic land where he comes across some new friends who have already embarked on their own journey to find some magic to fix their own problems. All, Olly, wanted to do was make a magic pie! When they stumble across a Genie they knew they were in luck, however the Genie had a problem of his own. With the help of Olly they figure out a way to help each other and solve all problems!
This children’s book is full of magical character whom all share something in common… their need for magic. In need of help of help and no one else to turn to they all embark on this adventure together and go in search of the Genie that can grant them their wishes.
All the witty written rhymes that just so easily and naturally roll off the tip of your tongue making want to read more and more. The lovely colours and amazingly drawn illustrations makes it incredibly eye catching for children.
Now not having any children of my own I thought this book would be great for my god-daughter and so I asked my friend to read this book to her daughter and to let me know if she enjoyed it. Here’s the feed back I got:
Erin has just fallen in love with this book! I’m now being forced to read it to her at least once every night before putting to bed. She just loves the rabbit in the story and is now asking for a rabbit for her birthday.
I think this book is really good and it’s got my little girl obsessed with it. I can’t wait to see what other books
Over all I’d give this a 5/5 star rating. This is a fantastic book that everyone who reads to their children should check out and buy for their child/kids and I can’t wait to see what else the amazing Robyn will bring out next!
Click Here to be directed to amazon so you can add that book to your child/children’s shelves.
“Olly was in the kitchen, making magic pie; One to make him magic, and one to make him fly.”
So here is my long over due review of heavenward. 5/5 stars from me!
Heavenward is book one of the ‘Celestial Creatures Series’ a captivating and heavenly written book by an enchanting woman. Heavenward is an urban/dark fantasy and just book one out of a quadrilogy ( a four book series). Heavenward has also been placed as #1 Teen & YA Girls and Women Issues Nonfiction eBooks, #1 Teen & YA Folklore and Mythology eBooks and #9 Teen & YA Horror eBooks.
Before picking up this book I was introduced to it by @FraserFunHouse who has been organising an amazing blog tour for Olga Gibbs. The ‘Hallow Book Tour’ which had instantly caught my eyes. I have never done a blog tour before, being in my first month of blogging and all, but I’ve always loved books and I want the things I love to reflect onto my blog, so I saw this as a great opportunity to read an impressive looking/sounding book as well as doing something new and exciting while meeting other amazing bloggers/writers/aspiring writers.
27th February, I officially became part of the Hallow Book Tour! Who kindly gave me a copy of the book Heavenward for free to get caught up with Hallow. Before starting this book I had been in a year long reading funk. I hadn’t been able to find a SINGLE book that I liked or was interested in for an entire year! It’s my fault really, I had spent a good year or two locked away in my house and during that time all I did was read one book after the other, escaping reality and diving into a new and exciting world that was completely different from the one that I was in.
When reading the blurb of this book you are only introduced to Ariel a young girl who has lived an incredibly dark past and is forever haunted by the memories and a deep disturbing nightmare that leaves her questioning her sanity…not for the first time. The blurb also gives a very vague description of three other character in the book, however only referring to them as “three new students” I was left imaging anything I liked about the other characters to this intriguing book.
Heavenward takes us on Ariel’s journey as her lonely yet somewhat mundane life gets flipped upside down all because of three new mysterious students who suddenly start to attend her high school and attache themselves to her. Things start to become more complicated than Ariel ever could have dreamt… or have a nightmare about. When right is no longer right, wrong is no longer wrong and she no longer knows who to trust, she learns that some of those things her crazy mother believed in were real after all, among other things…and she has been thrown smack bag in the middle of it all by no fault of her own. With a war at hand and two devilishly handsome angels sworn to protect her she knows her life isn’t about to get any easier, the question was, could she handle it?
Struggling to accept the information thrown at her and her new future a head, Ariel continues to struggle with her own deep dark secrets. Who was really on her side, who just saw her as nothing but a pawn in a big game? Ariel may just have been thrown into a world/war too big for her to handle.
Ariel sparks the side of us I feel most of us as young girls have experienced at one time or another. Weak, defenceless, scared, confused and unsure of the world around us and the people in. Yet through her journey we get to see Ariel’s character develop into a strong and more confident heroine and a fiery ball of pushed down emotions.
There are two other main character’s to this book, Sam and Rafe. Sam is a very forward and a very cocky angel who swears to protect Ariel at all costs. He’s portrayed as a ‘ladies man’ that enjoyed every second of attention that he got, both good and bad. I feel like the safety he so quickly offers and the comfort is what draws Ariel close to him.
Rafe is another character in the book and another angel that swears to protect Ariel for different reason than Sam. Although at the start he is described as, “quite fit for a nerd.” by her friend Annie, a passing character in the book. The attention isn’t draw much on Rafe for a while and the mystery behind his introduction and lack of ‘action’ drew me more to his character and really made me want to know more about him. However through the other half of the book he takes the readers full attention along with Ariel and I found him to be the exact opposite of Sam. Where, Sam, was almost carefree and far too cocky at times, Rafe was the complete opposite. Rafe is more standoffish, stern yet an incredibly caring character and my infatuation with him only grew stronger the further I read on.
Reading through this book left me feeling more emotions than I care to admit, I got way too caught up into it and I loved EVERY SINGLE second of it. I haven’t read a book that made me feel so much in just one sitting, but the author really knows how to draw her readers in!
Ending the book has left me wanting and NEEDING to read the next book, Hallow, just to find out more secrets, more about the war at hand, more about the relationships/ possible relationships that are being formed and how on Earth (and Heaven) Ariel is going to get through it all.
The book is written solely in Ariel’s POV making me feel as though I really connected with her and what she was going through, I felt every emotion that she felt while reading this book and I wish that the book didn’t have an end! I truly fell in love with all of the characters, I felt like I was experiencing what Ariel was experiencing and connecting with those who she connected with. I feel in love with the author’s writing style, the way she was able to gracefully and thurley describe every emotion and thought that ran through Ariel’s head and I fell in love with the Author herself and the world that she has created.
I have rated this book a 5/5 and have absolutely no intentions on changing my answer. Although there are some scene that are consider sensitive or gruesome to some, I believe even those who may find subjects sensitive or gruesome would enjoy reading this book and I couldn’t find a single thing I disliked about the book or the characters.
I have to admit… I’ve already read Hallow and have half of my review written out already and I can’t wait for you guys to read it on 4th May! This is one book you are not going to want to miss out on and right now you can download you’re copy of Heavenward RIGHT HERE for FREE!
I couldn’t help but share with you guys (because it’s seriously made my year) my signed copy of Heavenward.I was gifted with such a wonderful gift from the lovely author Olga Gibbs. This book had arrived on a rather emotional day and It almost made me cry when seeing & reading Olga’s words, it had really put a smile on my face that day and now it dose every time I look at it. I honestly have to say that I feel as though I have gained a friend in Olga and the other lovely women in her book tour as well as the wonderful woman hosting the amazing book tour @fraserfunhouse. And I’m so proud of my self and so happy that I step out of my comfort zone, put myself out there and joined in with this book tour and speak with amazing bloggers and authors. I’ve really been enjoying every second of it so far!
I hope this has made you all excited and ready to get your copy of Heavenward so you can be ready to read Hallow which comes out 1ST MAY! And if you would like to read more about the author behind the book as well as inspiration that caused Olga to create such a wonderfully written and engrossing book, then just CLICK HERE to read my author interview with Olga Gibbs herself.
Before releasing my book review on heavenward and my post on joining the Hallow book tour and my experience with it, I thought I’d introduce the author herself. The wonderful and amazing writer of the captivating dark fantasy series ‘The Celestial Creatures’ Olga Gibbs was kind enough to take time out of her busy scheduled to answer a few questions for us, isn’t that great?
So, I understand that You’ve published a book called Heavenward (The first book in the Celestial Creatures series) and will soon be publishing another book following Heavenward, was that planned from the beginning or did inspiration for a book series hit you after you had finished writing Heavenward?
It was originally planned as a series.
Although it was planned as a trilogy, but now it’s shaping up as four books
series. I even have titles ready for each of the books in the series:
“Heavenward”, “Hallow”, “Harbinger” and “Halo”.
“Heavenward” is a dark fantasy with elements of high fantasy and paranormal
fantasy. “Hallow” is a dark urban fantasy with some paranormal elements, and
the last two books will be high fantasy as I intend to take all the action into
my fantasy realms, into my created worlds.
Could you share with us one or more of you’re writing ritual/s?
I write every day. Every day! Every single
day that I don’t work, I pack my children off to school, have breakfast and sit
down – ready to write. No excuses. No reason was ever good enough for not doing
it. Even when I was ill (well, still sick). Every day. From 9am until at least
3pm – before children will get back from school and will need their mother – I
will sit and write. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes all that I will show for so
many hours of work is just 500 words, sometimes even less, but that doesn’t
matter. What matters is that every day I have driven my story forward.
And I don’t begin to write without a plan. I have a rough plan, then make a
more detailed one, might even expand it by the chapters (what will go where),
but I don’t begin on my story until the plan is done – I hate wasting my time.
You will see in the next two answers how valuable my time is!
Where did the inspiration behind Heavenward come from?
At first I had my character – Ariel. I had her with me for a few years now. She lived with me, inside me and one day when I was ready to write, I wondered what I could do with her – for her. Some parts of her is me. Some of her stories are my stories; some of it is from my childhood and my hurt (sorry, that’s as much as I am prepared to share now). Ariel lived an incredibly tough life and I wanted her to have something good for a change. I wanted to give her her power back and for a good measure to throw humanity in it, to put us at her mercy, to turn the table. I’ve written this book for all girls out there, like Ariel – like I was once – powerless at that moment, struggling, emotionally and mentally. With this book I wanted to tell them, that they’re an incredible universe of their own, an archangel, who can change the world if decided to do so. I wanted these girls to know that their past doesn’t have to define them – I make sure every day that it doesn’t define me. I find it incredibly sad that there are almost no books for girls like Ariel. There are books written for adults who suffered abuse, but nothing to help girls to push through, to let them know that there’s no shame, to make them feel that they’re not alone – and that’s the main issues: self-loathing, guilt, hate and utter isolation. This topic is not appropriate for YA market (or so I was told), so here we are. But I didn’t want to write a realistic book about Ariel’s abuse. I feel that someone who never lived through such things wouldn’t want to read about it, the way it would come out of me would be too disturbing. (You’ve read this book, right? And it’s me diluting it for the YA market), and girls, who lived through it, would never want to relive it, so that how this book became a fantasy. But I felt it was important to give Ariel a voice, to speak about the abuse that some girls are suffering on a daily basis. “Heavenward” is a story of empowerment and the promise of hope.
What do you like to do in your spare time if you aren’t reading or writing?
I have very little spare time. I am writing
every hour God sent. I read. I have family: husband and two teenage daughters,
who need my support and guidance every day (and help with homework for GCSE
year). I work part-time as a supply teacher in a secondary school and as a
facilitator for the fantastic charity called “Juno Project”, which is operates
in Sussex and is chaired by amazing woman, who I am proud to call my friend,
Ali Golds. I am very passionate about this charity. The “Juno Project” provides
support and empowers the girls, who are at risk from being excluded from
school, to achieve their goals in spite of their challenges. Unfortunately, my
illness precluded me from taking groups this academic year, but I am planning
to get back swinging towards end of this year.
What does your family think of your writing? Have any of them read your book?
My family is very supportive of my writing.
My husband always has encouraged me to write, but after I’ve read a few
excerpts from “Hallow” to him, he thinks that I should drop all my other work engagements
and spend my time only writing – honing my craft, so to speak. Both my girls
read my book. The eldest has read both of my books and helped me with the first
book a fair bit, mainly encouraging me, re-reading some parts back to me and
quizzing me, challenging me, demanding me to do better. The youngest started
reading “Heavenward” but she didn’t go past the scene of essence waking in Ariel.
She teared up a bit there and said that doesn’t want to read any further. Fair
enough. I always thought that if the book doesn’t bring you pleasure, you
should close it and move on. Well, for me that applies to every book, apart
from academic or research literature and documents.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Heavenward? And do you hear from your readers much? What kind of things do they say?
I guess I was surprised to find out that I have such a great imagination – to create these worlds, creatures, clothing, and disturbing to think how dark my imagination can go – how twisted it can be, and that me trying to hold myself back as I still had YA book parameters to work within. Very rarely a reader might write and say that they have enjoyed the book – I only had two to date – but these messages make me feel that I have done well and I have achieved that I set out to achieve. I love to see that some understood and saw (maybe read between the lines) what I was trying to do.
What would you say was your Kryptonite? What do you dislike writing about?
To write anything sweet and “plushy”. Cutesy things, romance, comedy, happily-ever-after stories – I don’t know how to do that. My impulse is to throw my characters into deep waters, with sharks circling them, and watch them swim. Or maybe they will drown each other?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the good and bad ones?
That’s a very tricky one, every author will
attest to that. I am tempted to read reviews, but for the last few months, I was
learning and keeping myself away from all review platforms. With my logical
mind, I know and understand that I can’t please everyone, nobody can – that’s
simply impossible, but my heart wants to see and read reviews. I want to know
if the years of my life and work have paid off, if baring myself to the world
was worth the gamble. But I am learning to stay away – just to protect myself.
It’s a simple self-preservation.
If you had to describe your main character in three words what would those three words be?
Difficult, broken, unapologetic.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing Heavenward?
The biggest challenge was to tone the story down for YA market (and I think I have miserably failed still). I wanted to write this book for girls of age 12-18 – this book is for them. For the girls, who may need this book so they don’t feel alone, for the girls who need to believe in themselves. This book is for them.
What was your highlight writing heavenward?
The readers who said that it’s the best book they have ever read (or even if it’s just the best book this year). The readers who have appreciated the story and understood what I was trying to do.
And lastly (I swear this is the last question I have) Do you have any piece of advice or favourite quote you could share with aspiring author’s such as myself?
Just two: “Grow a thicker skin if you want to publish your story” and “don’t wait for an inspiration to hit you – start working and the muse will come”.
Wow! Thank you, Olga, for sharing with us today. I can’t speak for everyone but I can speak for myself and I have to say this is one book that helped me out of a year reading funk, kept up at night and had my emotion rushing in a whirlwind while reading through it. Considering you’ve made it to #1 in Amazon I think it’d be safe to assume that your book has reached many women and young girls who are falling in love with your story and the world that you have built within your book.
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Today I thought I would share with everyone the real truth behind my love for reading. Now I know I have told the story a few times to people on how I became so obsessed with reading after all I used to write and read my own stories when I was child, however, I hardly ever picked up a book written by another person.
But on a particularity boring day, the sun was shining, the warm weather had kicked in and so too had the start of my extreme anxiety and the start of depression. I couldn’t bring myself to leave the house that day, my step dad had decided that football would be an amazing thing to watch that day and so I ventured upstairs into my mum room (I used to nap my mums room because I always felt safer there) but I wasn’t able to go to sleep. I wasn’t able to shut out the world around me and so picked up the first book my hand touched. Which just so happened to be ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer.
I had found a new love for books that day, I was unable to place it down and ended up taking it to my room where I continued to read it through out the night with no sleep. Once that was finished I instantly picked up the next and the next and the next.
I was devastated when I finished reading all of the Twilight books. What was I going to read now? That was the first book that had ever sucked me in and made forget the world I was in and to feel as though I was in the world of someone else.
With that thought in mind I ventured back to my mums room to take a look at all the other books my mum had laying around. My mother is one of the biggest book lovers I have ever known, loved reading from an early age as a child her favourite books to read where the Grimm Tales by Jacob Grimm books. I’ve recently bought her an old book by Jacob Grimm for mothers day that I really hope she enjoys.
The next book I picked up was The Vampire Diaries Volume 1; Awakening & The struggle – book 1-2 by L. J. Smith which I had just gotten overly obsessed with. I never wanted to put the book down for even a second of my time! It was after reading these books my love for reading truly came into play and I bought book after book.
At this point in my life I had start high school and was entering probably my 5th month of being there, already started the process of distancing myself away from people, I stopped hanging out with my friends and when I did I never had anything to say or add to our conversations. It was as though I no longer cared for the social game, I didn’t care if the pretty girls like me and thought I was cool, I no longer cared if I had any of the boys attention, I no longer cared for my work or the grades that I had spent all my life working hard to get better at. I just didn’t care anymore. Life with and around humans just didn’t seem like something I could carry on doing any more. I didn’t feel human… I still don’t at times.
I tried, I tried to keep in the conversation with my friends, I tried to engage in petty talk and breaking up arguments between my girlfriends, I tried to show interest in my school crush and I really did try caring about the mark the teachers were handing back to me but everything had started to feel…. not pointless but….Insane.
It honestly seemed insane to me that we were forced to do things we didn’t want to just because we were born into this society, because the people in power have told us this is best and this is what must be done. I noticed more the older I got the less people cared for you and your well being, teachers only start caring about the marks and numbers the school is making, kids stop dreaming about becoming a singers and wrestlers and start thinking about child-care or building… I watched kids go from dreams to piratical thinking and it killed any and every magic I thought was left in the world.
I believed all magic was gone by this point. I was locking myself away, I didn’t want to interact with anyone friend, family or stranger. There were a few moments of self-harm (luckily it was all shallow and not at all something that would leave any scars), there were so many moments that I just slept away because I was so sick of being awake, of being alive and there were countless of nights/days where I thought about suicide, where I thought about all the pros to be going gone, to not being here anymore… but there was always a major con that kept me here.
My family. Who’d help look after them, who would be there for them? Who would drop everything at drop of a hat to go running to try and save the day? My mother and siblings me the absolute world to me, they’re the only people in the world that understand my crazy & weird and love me unconditionally for it anyway. I couldn’t put them through something like that, I could do that and leave them thinking there was something they could have done, I didn’t want them living with the guilt that there was something that could have been done.
But even that thought was barely keeping me on. It wasn’t until I opened up that first book by Stepheine Meyer that magic was restored back into my life, it was as if a switch had been touched and a light had come on. All the fairy-tales that become Grimm’s Tales for me became the magical, soft and vibrant fairy tales they once used to be to me.
Books have restored my love for life, its given me a reason to go on, it’s given me something to escape to when reality gets to hard and scary. The creative imagination and other worldly views created by amazing people is what’s inspired me to become a writer of my own, to become an aspiring author who will one day have her book out on shelves in shops and in photos on Instagram from those who have read/bought my creation.
If you don’t read, if you’re kids don’t read then I beg you give it try! Find them a book they will like or do what my mum taught me to do and teach your kids to write their own little stories they can read. Books saved my life in the same way music saves others. It’s restored my faith in magic and has given me a goal to focusing my energy on.
You can’t buy happiness but you can buy books, and that’s kind of the same thing…
This is one quote i have forever and always loved because it’s true, for me anyway. happiness can’t be bought but I find a little bit of happiness in every book i open, in ever page i turn and in ever new world I enter.