Cecily Anne Paterson

Biography

I'm a young adult/teen writer of realistic fiction all about friendships and relationships.

First up, some random facts. I've wanted to be a writer since I was seven years old. (I'm now a lot older than that!) I love cake, especially chocolate cake, and I really hate bananas. My favourite colour is turquoise blue. I wish I'd done ballet or tap dancing and I'd still like to do ballroom lessons one day. I'm not very good at sport. I'm not the worst, but I get all confused when they pass me the ball! I used to have my nose pierced. And no, the snot doesn't come out the hole when you sneeze.

More important stuff: I'm married to a guy who has red hair and we have a dog with the same colour fur, but none of our four kids ended up with the red hair. They all started out blonde, just like I did. Actually, they all started out bald, just like I did, and then turned blonde. For the record, we've got two boys and two girls which is kind of what I'd always hoped for. (I made big plans with my 'boyfriend' when I was five. We were going to get married and have two boys and two girls, but all their names were going to begin with R, which certainly hasn't happened!)

I was born in Australia but when I was 3 my parents moved our family to Pakistan where we lived until I was 16. We had regular visits back to Australia, but I really only liked it for its TV programs, chocolate and grandparents, none of which we had in Pakistan. I went to a British school for primary and then an international boarding school for most of my high school. I went to school every day with my friends, then went and had dinner with them, and then shared a dorm room at night. It was equal parts amazing fun and horrendous terrible. I know what it feels like to be a bit of an outsider, to have your friends leave, or to have big upheavals in your life. When I came back to Australia with my international, half-American, half-English accent everyone wanted me to "say something - it sounds so cute!" but it just sounded normal to me! (Now I sound like more of a regular Aussie. I tend to adapt.)

My aim is to write two books a year for the next ten years.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Really properly, about 8 years ago. I was asked to write a biography of a really interesting man who grew up as an orphan in Palestine in the second world war. He had no idea who he was or where he came from. He didn't even know his own birthday. I jumped at the chance and when they asked me how long I thought it would take, I said, "Oh, about 18 months." The next week I found out I was pregnant with my third baby, so I got it done in eight months.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be entirely honest, it was rejection. And lots of it. There are a limited number of publishers in Australia and I touted Invisible to all of them and then waited months and months only to be told, "No thank you." It got as far as me being asked to make some changes with Penguin Books, but in the end they didn't want it either. So I thought, "I'd rather have it out being read than sitting on my computer," so I published it myself.
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Where to find Cecily Anne Paterson online


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Books

Friendship. How It Works / How To Do It Better
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 30,730. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
Friendships should be easy, right? You like someone, they like you, you get on. End of story. But what happens when things don’t go like you think they should? Cecily Paterson takes an honest, practical and Christian look at friendships in this book. You’ll find answers to your most asked questions, tips on how to start conversations and a look at some of the notable friendships in the Bible.
Love and Muddy Puddles
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,540. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
Thirteen year old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group when her dad decides to move the whole family to the country so they can 'bond'. Social death is looming, her shoes are covered in mud and all Coco wants to do is get herself back to her Sydney friends. After all, things can't get any worse, right?
Invisible
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken
Love Tears & Autism
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 51,630. Language: Australian English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
When Cecily prayed that God would teach her to really love people, she was hoping that the answer would be easy. She didn't expect to have her life turned upside down, her dreams shattered and her priorities rearranged. Just weeks after her prayer, Cecily's three year old son was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. It would be a difficult journey, and yet it would lead to real, gritty love.

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