This book is dedicated to my mother, Catherine Ward & to all my family & friends who have given me their wholehearted support & who have always believed in me. A special thank you to my late, Great-Aunt Maggie Anne, for introducing me to the original book all those years ago.
A delightful 21st century fairytale complete with a charming prince and a villainous father. That doesn’t mean the narrative is light and fluffy, far from it.
Norway Ellesea Blog, UK blog tour.
This is a perfect YA book that I really got stuck into and could not put down.
Coffee and Kindle Book Reviews, UK blog tour.
If you are familiar with the classic story of the Prince and the Pauper – this is a modern take on the story. It makes for a lovely read and teaches that there is always a consequence to an action and to make the best from every situation. It also highlights the value of friendship. I would thoroughly recommend if you like a book to take you on a journey and that reads well and easily.
Paula Seal, UK Amazon Customer Review.
CHARITY WORK BOOKS 2 AFRICA
One of the central themes of ‘The Pretender’ is that Sophia is born into a life of poverty while Princess Isabella is born a Princess. When I came to write this story, I was aware that many children in this country and abroad live in poverty and also experience abuse. This was a fictional story in my book but unfortunately for many it's a reality.
HELLO READERS I'M
I am a Devon based author with a lifelong love of literature. I have a particular love of classic fiction novels such as Wuthering Heights, Woman in White and Vanity Fair. These all have dark undertones that enhance the plot with a sense of tension and foreboding. In my own writing, I aim to encapsulate this classic style but within a modern and contemporary storyline.
MY FIRST NOVEL
My first novel ‘The Pretender’ is a modern-day adaptation of the Mark Twain classic ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. This is another of my childhood favourites but due to its age and style of writing it is a difficult read for most modern readers. For my novel, I took all the main elements of the original story in order to stay faithful to it but then weaved them into a brand new contemporary novel targeted at a YA audience.
I'M KATIE WARD
The Pretender Awarded Prestigious BRAG Medallion
In April 2019, my debut novel was awarded the coveted BRAG Medallion award by Indie BRAG which aims to highlight the very best in self-published fiction. As well as being a way to recognise fiction of exceptional quality, the BRAG Medallion also created a database of award-winning books all who proudly display the golden medallion label which signals to the reader that this book is not only worth their time but also their money. It provides quality assurance for readers wanting to find the best self-published titles. The volume of entries to the BRAG Medallion programme is so high that they have been forced to have dedicated windows for submissions to enable them to deal with all the books they receive. Of all the books they review, only 20-25% will be awarded the BRAG Medallion. BRAG stands for the Book Readers Appreciation Group and is if you like a global book club where avid readers sign up to read and review books against the strict criteria. Only those books who receive an extremely high score from 10 worldwide readers are eligible to receive a reward. The marking criteria is rigorous with no part of the book being overlooked, the quality of each of the following is considered: ContentTitlePlotCharactersDialogueWriting styleCopy-EditingFormattingCover The Pretender scored extremely highly in all of the above categories with the judges commenting that “this was a delightful, light read.” By achieving this award and having read the amazing reviews left by my readers, it is clear that this is a book that has managed to really capture the hearts of my audience which I love!
Sharing my Publishing Pitfall to Help Other Authors Succeed!
Ask any aspiring writer and they will tell you all you need to know about the prestigious “Writer’s and Artists’ Handbook”. It’s a treasure trove of untapped opportunity for many authors dreaming of publication with its definitive listings of all those who can help you achieve success. So, last year, after coming across a request from Bloomsbury for case studies to be included in the new Writer’s and Artists’ Guide to Self-Publishing I was thrilled. Looking back over my own experience, I highlighted a few issues I encountered that I wish I’d known how to avoid, typed them up and sent them off. To be able to contribute to a new version of a book that had been such a big part of my early writing career was so exciting. However, with the buzz of Christmas and the emergence of a global health crisis, my submission was quickly forgotten. That was until I received an email in April advising that my case study had been selected for publication and was currently on sale. Unlike the elusive professionals in the publishing industry who new authors always think hold the magic key to their success, in the self-publishing sector you are your own fairy godmother. The success you gain is slow and based on the things you do, which of course you never know as most authors don’t have experience in these areas. So, to have a definitive guide that can help you through the process is such a milestone for the self-publishing industry. To have been able to use the pitfalls I experienced in my own journey to help other authors avoid them is fantastic because it turns what felt very negative at the time into something positive. That the collective advice given in the guide will be able to make this journey that little bit easier for anyone who chooses to undertake it in the future.