A guest post by Vanessa Curtis (@VanessaCurtis1) author of The Baking Life of Amelie Day, out today.
It feels a little surreal and very exciting to have The Baking Life of Amelie Day published by Curious Fox today. The book has been on a long journey to get to this stage and has changed a little along the way, so I’m delighted that my book will reach a wider audience from today. Although the book has a light-hearted theme and contains some mouth-watering recipes, the deeper message behind the book is that it’s possible to achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
Amelie is really quite seriously ill and yet her passion for baking drives her forwards all the time and helps her to plan for a future despite the limitations put on her by Cystic Fibrosis. I’m also pleased that the illness itself will become better known about now that the book is published.
As part of my research I read the blogs of some young adults who live with the illness and I felt a lot of respect for the way in which they pushed on with their lives despite having to take countless pills and do breathing exercises every day just to stay alive. I hope that something of their bravery is shown in the character of Amelie Day.
It feels fantastic to have the book published today by a successful, vibrant publisher like Curious Fox and it also feels important to spread awareness of Cystic Fibrosis too. I’m looking forward to hearing what my readers think of Amelie and her baking obsession.
So, enjoy the read – and hopefully, baking the delicious recipes too! You can learn more about Cystic Fibrosis on the Cystic Fibrosis Trust website.