Mounia Bagha – Celebration
If you’d ask me the exact moment I came up with the idea for my novel “Celebration”, I would just say that I can’t remember. It didn’t magically happen, I simply started collecting thoughts on paper over the years the same way you would with your diary. The reflections were mine and mirrored perfectly the frenzy that was going on in my head at the time. Writing became a soothing process and while life kept getting in between, the pages grew and an idea started to form. This collection of words soon turned out to be the solid foundation for a fictional, alternative version of life. Characters started to have names, and physical features, and a life of their own. I was seeing the beauty of story-telling manifesting in front of me. And so I kept going until their story was told: five young adults figuring out life in London, trying to build a world of their own until this one collapses one evening. I wanted it to be everyone’s story but with a twist. I wanted it to be the kind of a book I wanted to read, the kind of story you spend hours looking for in a bookstore because you need it at this particular time of your life. I wanted it to be the kind of book that is impossible to put down, and yet the kind you do not want to finish. I think it’s pretty much every writer’s dream, that is to connect and reach out to complete strangers in a way you sometimes can’t even do with relatives. Stephen King rightfully once said: ” Writing is a lonely job”. It can also be an incredibly rewarding one.
So, I hope you will find that story you are looking for during this holiday season. I know it’s out there somewhere and in the meantime, if life ever gets tough, just love it a bit harder.
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Marie Silk – Davenport House
They say you should write about what you want to read. I never thought much about writing a novel until I searched in vain for American historical fiction taking place in the early 1900’s. I began to write a book, which turned into a series, and has been likened to Downton Abbey by the Historical Novel Society.
I love weaving real historical events into the stories and imagining how people would have reacted at the time. Readers can expect suspense, scandal, and secrets. The stories often change perspective between the wealthy and poor, the upper class and servants. The books are also suitable for young adults readers. I hope everyone enjoys this glimpse into society and servant life in 1915 America :).
Davenport House is the first book in a family saga following the wealthy Davenports and their servants in 1915 America.
Mary Davenport is a 22-year-old idealist who worries that the world in the Progressive Era is leaving her behind. She lives isolated in the Pennsylvania countryside with her affluent and secretive family. When her father dies suddenly, Mary becomes pained with grief and increasingly suspicious of those around her.
A humble servant girl has the chance of a lifetime to become a lady’s companion. Costly dresses, exquisite rooms, and fine dinners are pleasant distractions from what is really happening in the house.
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