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Young author from Allenstown self-publishes her third book

Amelia Faith, 17, of Allenstown has just published her third book, If I Make It. Her first book, published when she was 15, When Everyone Thinks You’re Gone, received the Reader’s Favorite 5 Star award from Reader’s Favorite, an editorial review company. Faith is a junior at Concord Christian Academy. She will take part in a author chat and book signing June 13 at 6 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord. We asked her more about her love of writing:

How did you become interested in writing and what is your favorite part of writing process?

I became interested in writing when I was about 7 years old. Books were fascinating to me and I had learned to read and write at a young age. I also have a very active imagination, so getting lost in fictional worlds was something that was not difficult for me by any means. I always used to draw and make up little picture books for my family and friends. Since then, I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t get seriously into it until I began the process of working on my first book when I was 15 years old. My favorite part of the writing process would definitely be coming up with the characters and their life stories. I love creating characters from all different walks of life, and figuring out how they can fit into the story and what roles they play.

How do you come up with ideas for your books?

I come up with the ideas from my books from all sorts of things. Things that I see in the news, read about in other books, or have even experienced or seen someone experience in real life are all things that factor into how my stories are made. There is so much out there to draw inspiration from!

How did you go about getting self-published?

Originally, I hadn’t wanted to go down the self-publishing route. My dream as a writer had always been to get my book published the old-fashioned way. However, after looking into numerous publishing houses and submitting to various literary agents and it wasn’t happening, I realized that perhaps that just wasn’t in the cards right now. However, I had immense faith in the novel I was writing, and I believed that it dealt with issues that teens would want to read about and could learn something from, so it was then that I began to look into self-publishing and found the amazing publisher that I have now, CreateSpace. Not only were they extremely easy to use, but the customer service and satisfaction is amazing, and they have done more for me and my books then I ever could have imagined. Perhaps I will pursue a career in traditional publishing in the future someday, but make no mistake, I am very happy with where I am now in the industry.

What are your plans after high school?

After high school, I’d love to attend a university and major in communications of some sort, but ultimately, what happens in my future is all in God’s hands, and whatever He has for me, I’m going to trust in that.

Do you have any advice to other young people about following their dreams?

My strongest advice that I could give to young people who want to follow their dreams, whether it be in writing, sports, the performing arts, or anything else, is to simply work hard and never give up. You’re not going to achieve your dreams by sitting on the couch and watching daytime television, as much as we all wish that would be a reality. If you really want something, and you believe that you can do it, then go after it. Take classes, read things online, practice technique, find a community where other people share the same dream, and simply go for it. It’ll take time, and it may be frustrating, but just know that the end reward will be so much sweeter when you have taken the time to get there.

Noelle Stokes

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