Amber A

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Hi there! Thankyou so much for clicking on my page!

Who Am I?

My name is Amber A*. And I am the author of Happily Amber After. I live in Perth, Western Australia with my little white, fluffy dog. My DREAM in life is to write a book. I first started writing in high school, aged 14, when I had a head full of ideas and ambitions. But, as I got older, started working full time fresh out of university, bought a house and settled down into adult life, I found it hard to maintain motivation for my dream. I am now close to hitting the big 3-0 and I had an epiphany mid last year - if I wanted to make my dream come true, I've got to make it happen.

Which is why I'm here.

My Vision

Happily Amber After is an online diary blog of fictional West Australian teen girl Amber A, who is just starting Senior School, in 2004. The diary entries are written through her POV, and is updated regularly. It mirrors some of the issues that I went through during high school; there is drama obviously, but I've tried to make it as realistic as possible, so other teens may be to relate to it, and maybe take something useful away from it.

A wise person once told me that the one of the easiest things to write about, is to write about what you already know. And that’s just what I did. In November 2016, I secured a web domain and Happily Amber After was launched on 31st December, 2016!

The idea came to me for one of 2 reasons:

1. I love my sister to bits, and she is going through high school right now. She always comes to me for advice on different teen topics, and even though there is a massive age gap between us, some of her problems are still very relevant in today's day and age.  

2. I was really tired of reading about young adult/teen fiction teenagers who had 'suffered' a major tragedy, or ran away from home, or a good girl who fell for the bad boy, or discovered they were part of a bigger picture, etc. So OVER It! I just wanted to write about a normal, average girl, who was going through her adolescent years. 

I know that there are heaps of books out there on American teen life, but In Australia, it's a different story. I can only think of 3 off the top of my head: Puberty Blues (1971), Hating Alison Ashley (1984) and Looking For Alibrandi (1992). I'm pretty sure that there's got to be more recent books out there, but you have to admit, the young adult/ teen fiction genre in Australia is lacking. 

I chose 2004 for a specific reason. Not only was I going through Year 11, the start of Senior school for most teenagers, it was also the rise of the smart technology and social media era. Facebook was invite only, MySpace was all the rage, Discman's were starting to die out with the rise of Apple and the ipod, and camera phones were just starting to take off. Nokia and Blackberry reigned supreme. And although the above mentioned books have subsequently been made into film adaptions in the 2000's, there is seriously a piece of teen history missing in Australian literature.

And I want to fill it.

Not only that, I also want to bring to light issues that teenagers might be going through, and address them via my 'blog' section. From bullying, to self esteem issues, family problems, suicide... I want to write about them in the hopes that the target audience can relate and maybe even realise that if it's happening to them - they are NOT alone. And maybe, just maybe, if they are in that situation, perhaps it is in a way, reaching out to them.

I want to provide external links and contact numbers to organisations that can help with certain topics. So, not ONLY do I want to WRITE a fictional story based on my teen life, I also want to HELP people by creating a world that they can escape to, maybe even relate to, and provide help if they need it.

That is my end vision for my website.

As far as my writing goes, I anticipate that this will be a year long project, and then a year hiatus. I want to collate ALL the diary entries that I have written, and turn it into a book. I want to break down the 4th wall, and be able to create Amber A's world, by describing people, places and other people's thoughts other than Amber A's, which, in the current POV, I cannot. I know it's ambitious, but I KNOW I can do it.

All I need is your help and support.      

Why Patreon?

I'm going out of my comfort zone by asking for your awesome Patronage because I am a proud person. And asking for help is is a foreign thing to me. But I believe that my vision is worthwhile to share with you all.

I already work full time, and as I keep writing, I'm realising that there's not enough time in the day to achieve what I want to. It gets me down when I can't complete what I've set out to do. I have started to sacrifice my weekends to dedicate time to my writing and don't get me wrong - I LOVE writing it, but I feel like I'm missing out on spending time with the ones that I love.

It would be wonderful to be able to take a day off from work here and there, and not have to worry about the financial repercussions that goes with it. And just write all day long. No worries mate! Lol.

But seriously, aside from the time factor, your patronage would mean I can start spreading the word about Happily Amber After. I'd be able to interview people who are experts in certain, relevant fields and write well researched blog posts that my target audience may find useful. I'd be able to attend writing courses/conventions to improve the quality of my work. I'd be able to enlist a web/graphics designer to help me create visual media and improve the accessibility of my website.  And ultimately, enable me to take my work to an editor or publisher for my ultimate end goal - becoming a published author!

What Your Support Means To Me - And You!

It means the WORLD 10 times over!

It's not only me that you're helping, but also, YOU have the potential to help others who come across my website too. Young, impressional and vulnerable teenage girls, in particular. You could make a difference in their lives, just by becoming a patron. It also means that I can create a unique piece of teen literature in Australia, which I hope will be embraced and loved by future generations to come. 

And I really hope that you'd like to be a part of that!

Please feel free to have a look at Happily Amber After - hopefully you see the potential in it, as much as I do.

Happily Amber After

And last but not least, your support would mean that you'd be making a Aussie girls' dream come true :)

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Much Love xo

* Name changed for privacy reasons.
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I would LOVE to get some business cards made up!

Sometimes, I get a little excited when I'm talking about my writing, and instead of having to direct them to my website (which is a mouthful at a party or a networking event), I could just give them a pretty business card instead! 
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