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Believe follows a 13-year-old girl who is transported to the land of believers and magic, where she meets new friends and embarks on a great new adventure. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
My inspiration actually came from a dream I had. After previously self-publishing two books relating to my time during the COVID pandemic, a friend asked me if I’d ever thought about writing a novel. Having only written the diaries, poems, and short stories before, I didn’t believe I had the ability to write a novel.
Then, one night I had the most amazing dream about a crazy holographic professor who ate sticky, sparkly-green Christmas tree marshmallows, and Professor Mortley was born. I sat down to write about him, and my mind was flooded with all the characters from Believe and their stories. My fingers couldn’t type fast enough.
I felt that kids everywhere had had such a tough time with the pandemic and all the other horrors and difficulties going on in the world today, that I just wanted to write a world for children and adults to escape to and warm their hearts. Believe was written to bring big, beautiful smiles to all its readers.
Abigale starts off life in the world of grayness and non-belief and becomes one of the believers. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
I want to convey to the reader that it does not matter where you come from or what you were before, if you believe in yourself, you can do anything and achieve anything. Having grown up and loved Disney my whole life, I wanted the characters to emulate the Disney feel. I wanted the good to be very good but be floored enough to be tempted by the bad, and the bad to be bad enough to dislike, but still, show signs of hope that one day they will change.
It was really important to me that the characters displayed real feelings. For example, how even the best of friends can sometimes be envious of each other and that we can all make bad decisions for the right reasons.
Abigale, especially, needed to hold the driving ideal that even though she was born a Never-Believer, that deep within her if she believed in herself and believed in her friends, one day she would find where she truly belonged.
I think when writing family, magical fantasy books, as Believe is, there is a delicate dance between including enough reality for readers to relate to and enough magic for them to escape and be wistful about. I hope that Believe has achieved all these ideals.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The power of friendship and its many forms was an important theme for me, as well as the ability for friends to feel like family. I want to convey that friendship is a powerful and beautiful relationship for both the young and old, even if the relationships are not always smooth sailing. I wanted to show that friends forgive, love, lie, share, and cry, they catch you when you fall, surprise you and inspire you. And those relationships that have the peaks and the troughs, are the ones that are the strongest.
I also want to share that you should never judge a person until you have walked in their shoes. Aunt Violet goes through a massive transformation throughout the story and is miles from where her character first starts out. People can change and people hide very well what was always there from the beginning. You just have to look hard enough.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have just finished the first draft of the second book in the Believe series. I am hoping that it could possibly be ready for release by Christmas, but I see where the editing takes me. I am super excited as it has taken the characters on an amazing journey, and I have included some twists and turns that hopefully no one will see coming!
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Posted by Literary Titan
In Believe by Angie Bailey readers are introduced to the world of Never-Believers, a group of people who don’t believe in things like smiling, magic, birthdays, or Christmas. In the middle of this dreary world is Abigale Johnson, a thirteen year old girl, who is a bit of an odd duck in her family. She lives a sad life being tormented by her brothers and overlooked by her parents. One day while on a train to her dreaded Aunt Violet’s house, she finds herself teleported into the world of the Believers, a people of color and magic. She lands on the Faedora, the fairy school train where the next generation of Believers are taught. It’s here she meets new friends who show her a greater world, as they try to unravel the mystery of how she ended up there to begin with.
The amazing world the author created in this imaginative novel is reminiscent of Harry Potter and I was instantly hooked. The book contains a rich universe that is intriguing, and kept making me want to read. I love the idea of a whole school on a floating train. This was a fun read and the twists were not what I had guessed and they were pleasant surprises.
Author Angie Bailey has created great colorful, and non colorful characters that contrast each other well. The Never-Believers give a horrid plain picture of what life without simple joys can be like, and then we get refreshed by the Believers who are colorful and different, and take joy in things that are unusual.
While I enjoyed this fascinating story, I felt that the pace moved quickly and I would have liked to have spent more time getting to understand the backstory with a buildup to the mystery. The world that is created is awesome and I would have liked to have seen more of it, and gotten to know its characters a bit deeper. I know this is just book one of the series, so I’m excited to see more of the world and characters in future books.
Believe is a fascinating story that allows your imagination to run wild. This is an intriguing fantasy story with fascinating characters that readers who are looking for a creative and heartfelt young adult adventure will surely enjoy. I highly recommend this beautiful read for the young, or young at heart.
Pages: 260 | ASIN: B09NTXJY43
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