Sometimes the right person can change everything, sometimes they can’t. But, maybe, just maybe, they can change enough to make a difference.
I’m Callie May. Username: May Day!
And I have issues. I am addicted to my phone and to social media, and when my parents tried to cut me off from it all, bad things happened. But we’re all trying harder now, and I’m in control of it, mostly. So, when they booked me a weekend at a riding stables for a ‘break away’, I was okay with it, until I discovered I’d have no internet access. Then the nightmare started.
Except that it didn’t totally consume me, because I wasn’t alone. There was this boy…
Antoine was strong, calm, sunshine to my darkness. He loved life, food and horses. And possibly, me?
A sweet and clean romance with no violence, sex or swearing on the page.
Who is Callie May? She's the girl from my newest story Love Offline.
Callie is just seventeen and she has some issues. She got sucked into a life where her online personality took over her real life one. With more than 8,000 so called "friends" on Instagram she found that these friends were more engaged with her when it came to negative stuff than anything positive, and so began a slippery path down to self harm and low self esteem. In Love Offline we meet Callie after she's sought out help and is back in control. But that doesn't mean it's all roses from then on, there are moments of doubt, insecurities, and most of all she's still fighting to separate herself from her phone. The big question is how she copes when she goes somewhere with no phone reception and no wifi. And can she find a hunky distraction to get through it? Well, it is a romance, so of course she does :-)
I'm just editing a story at the moment and having a dilemma about covers. This story was inspired by what is going on in the news right now about teenagers in England and the effects of Instagram on their mental health. It's a big story here as the government are trying to slap Instagram with a Duty of Care order. Even as I was writing this story the owners of the site have agreed to remove self harm images completely, though it hasn't happened yet.
The story is about a girl who spends a lot of her time on social media and has issues because of it, however her parents send her away for a weekend and it changes things for her. It's all wrapped up in a sweet romance, as all my stories are, and it has a happy ending. But which type of cover would suit this best?
I don't want to mislead readers into thinking it's a fluffy hearts and rainbows book, but I also don't want people to think it's going to be over heavy on the angst, especially as it's still a sweet romance.
Here are my two current choices, or maybe I should stick to a more traditional cover? I'd love your input and thoughts! You can email me as usual through the contact page or comment here (though none of you ever do, ha ha!)