ASPIRING author Claire Brown is not letting past rejections stop her bid to be a bestseller.
The 34-year-old, from Moorside, has written The Draco Chronicles, a fantasy novel aimed at young adults which flips between the past and present day.
The book follows Carrie Aneria Draco, heir to the Draco throne, who has been sent in to exile during the war with the Witch Calliope.
Two decades have passed and all memories of her previous life have faded. Living in present day London, Carrie is having visions she cannot explain.
Getting the book into the public domain has been a labour of love for Claire, which she combines with her work as a personal assistant for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Despite sending her work off to scores of publishers in the hope of gathering interest, until recently she only had a handful of rejections letters to show for it.
But now the book is available to download from the internet, and Claire hopes that younger users of the Kindle will enjoy reading it.
The novel took longer than expected to finish after her dad James started to suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, of which he died aged 67.
“I’ve been working on the book for a while, but I had to take some time off when my dad was ill,” she said.
“Then I went back to writing it after he died so it probably took about two-and-a-half years altogether.”
“I’ve written a few books but never published them properly,” said Claire, who is based at Sunderland East Fire Station, in Railway Row, Millfield.
“I’ve published them for free myself and passed them on to writers’ groups to try and get some feedback.
“It’s an easier way of getting yourself out there, certainly. You can then hopefully attract and publisher.”
Claire is already aiming to added to The Draco Chronicles.
“I’m writing another book at the minute, which I hope will come out in the summer. It’s more for adults so a bit different to this one.”
To download The Draco Chronicles, enter the title into the Amazon website.