I Published A Book!

Hello my friends! I realize it has been a longg time since I’ve posted anything on this site, and I apologize for that. It’s been a busy summer with other projects, moving to a new apartment, traveling and work BUT I am here to bring you guys a very exciting announcement!

If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember me making a few posts last summer about a novel I was working on called Light My Sky. In a post that I published in May of 2020, I wrote about the experience of gaining inspiration for this story and making the decision to write it, where I described as, “what I would now classify as a historical YA romance (set in the 1960’s) about a girl who falls in love with a boy and with the world of books at the same time.” From there I went on to finish my first draft within a month of publishing that post. Then in August of 2020 I did another writing update post basically talking about my intention to self publish the book.

Well, I’m here to give you all a long overdue update to that last post. Less than a year later, Light My Sky finally grew from a much loved and worked on Google Doc to a published work of literature! In July of this year I went back to this project that I hadn’t touched in months, dusted it off once more, and self edited it before publishing it on Amazon on August 22nd. You can view or purchase my book by clicking here.

But if this is your first time hearing about Light My Sky, allow me to introduce you to the blurb.

“Eleanor Burnley has never been as fond of reading as everyone believes she should be. She’s more concerned with having fun with her friends and avoiding her mother’s constant scrutiny. But when she meets Gilbert Brooks, a mysterious, intelligent boy who also happens to be completely blind, she is thrust into a world of color and imagination she never thought it was possible to find in the pages of a book. Set in the libraries and schools of New York city in the 60’s, Light My Sky is a story about a young girl navigating the challenges of friendship, family and love, and finding confidence in herself along the way.

I wrote this novel with the intention of creating a coming of age story that would appeal to my teenage self, a romance that was sweet without being too much, a story that was wholesome without ignoring the difficult struggles of life and growing up. I wanted to write something that was reminiscent of vintage classics I enjoyed in my younger days, set in a time period that was simultaneously full of old fashioned charm and elements of the modern world, which is a big reason I chose the 1960’s. If you enjoy any of the things mentioned above, I think you would really adore this little read!

It’s been my lifelong dream to be a published writer and being able to hold my book in my hands for the first time was an experience that I will never forget. But I don’t plan on stopping here, and I want to continue to put dreams on paper and create more books for hopefully a wider audience of people to enjoy.

If you decide to support me by purchasing the book, thank you so so much! It means the world to me. And if you do end up enjoying what you read, be sure to leave me a 5 star review on Amazon so we can help it reach more people! Thank you again, for being here and for reading my words. Now that I am back on the blog, I hope to be back for good and start posting with more consistency again. Keep an eye out for my next post where I’ll talk more about my future plans for Pocketful of Poetry.

xo,

Olivia

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