I've spent seventeen years being a wallflower. Seventeen years, watching people live their lives, while mine stood still. I was happy for those years, nothing new happened because I never let it, every day was the same and predictable.
When my parents told me we were moving...to another state, I freaked.
I spent the first week, after the move, wishing I could move back. But then something changed, I became a someone, and to begin with I enjoyed it, but I soon learned, some things aren't always as they seem.
I have two lives now. Both of them are testing me, pushing me to my limits.
Everyone has watched Disney… and if you haven’t you’re committing a childhood crime!
I loved them all, (old classics are still the best.) But it was The Little Mermaid that stuck to me. She was my favorite princess, even now.
As a child, as I’m sure many people did, I played make believe, living in a world created in my head and I would always use the ring described in the book as my mermaid changing ring. I thought I’d lost that worthless ring, I only found it towards the end of writing Emeralds And Pearls and have clung to it like it’s priceless ever since.
I don’t remember much from them made up plots, but I do remember having to live two lives in them.
As I grew up, obviously I grew out of it and it only popped into my head occasionally, I think I even tried writing it down in my teens… but nothing ever came of it.
In the last few years, I became addicted to reading and it got me thinking about the mermaid plot that I vaguely remembered as a child. It would come and go just like it used to, but they were getting more and more frequent.
At work I would sit and just think about it, building on it and piecing together bits and pieces… eventually I decided to write it down, but I was still too scared to write the notes up and into a manuscript.
The thought scared the living daylights out of me.
In the end, I gave in to the voices, (without sounding like a crazy mad woman,) and started writing. Even now, while I’m working on something completely different, they’re in my head telling me what’s happening in book three… I haven’t even started on two yet!
My love of mermaids and the sea will never, ever, go.
About the author:
Born and raised in a small mining town in Derbyshire. Caroline (The C in 'C Spencer-Upton') has spent her adult years building a home and a future based on what's in front of her, and for a while, that was all she needed. Family, friends and the dog.
In 2012, that all changed. Her new love of reading became a drug. Living in a fantasy became her happy place to escape from reality. Her imagination came to life and ideas that had laid dormant for years, came rushing back to the surface and Emeralds And Pearls was conceived, her debut novel.
In October 2013, that new chapter in her life started and Emeralds And Pearls were introduced to the world.
Caroline works a normal 8-5 job which has nothing to do with literature. When people discover that she has written a novel, the look of shock on their faces is enough to bring a smug smile to her face, knowing that people underestimate her.
Writing is her escape. She loves reading about you guys enjoying something she loves.
This is the start of a new story of her own and can't wait for you guys to be a part of it.