brittanyriley
NSW, Australia

Bio: My name is Brittany Riley and I am gifted with the ability of storytelling. I grew up in country NSW Australia and am 22 years young. Writing is and always has been, my passion. I remember writing fables and short stories at a young age and my love for it has never faltered. My debut novel is called Enchantment. It is a fantasy teen-fiction novel and is the first in a series of five. But allow me to give you a bit more background as how my dream manifested into reality... I had the idea for Enchantment in Year 11 of high school and developed the story as the years wore on. Unfortunately, I was never able to sit down and write it. The idea was there, but the time was not. After high school, I decided to take a gap year. I delved into full-time administration work only weeks after receiving my final HSC results. I did not attend university the following year, but in 2014 when I finally decided to pursue my calling. I enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Writing) and moved away from my hometown. I loved the course and received distinctions for my writing, however, I moved home after less than six months of living on campus due to homesickness. Upon returning home, I was forced to search for full-time work again and I cancelled my university enrolment as a result. In October 2014, I refound full-time administration work. By this time, I had already figured out the entire Enchantment storyline as well as the characters, cliff-hangers and aspirations for worldwide publication. Unfortunately, trying to write after a long day of sitting in front of a computer was proving impossible. I was lacking motivation and working in a non-creative environment was literally killing my soul. In September 2015, I had had enough. After consulting with my mother, who insisted I would never be happy unless followed my dreams, I quit my only source of income to pursue my passion. A few days after becoming a free woman, I researched potential publishers. One of my favourite authors, Becca Fitzpatrick (author of the Hush, Hush series), was published by Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster are an international publishing house with offices in Sydney, Canada, London and New York, and I instantly knew this is whom I wanted Enchantment published through. After doing a bit more research, I found Simon & Schuster's self-publishing service, Archway Publishing. Authors who chose to publish their work with them would not only have the opportunity to have their work analysed, designed, and published worldwide, but also have their manuscript presented to Simon & Schuster themselves for possible publication! I am but one writer in a sea of millions and I feel overwhelmingly blessed at the thought of my dreams finally manifesting into reality. The future is bright and mine for the taking, so stay tuned for new developments and most importantly, the arrival of the Enchantment series!

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