BAY author Faye Beerling has hit the top of the Amazon Kindle books chart – twice in one day!
The 46- year-old mum and stepmum of three topped the charts on Sunday in the schools and education section with her children’s history book Tales From The Clock Tower. She was also number one in the children’s ducks and other waterfowl section with her first book Nautical Chaos.
This was the second time Nautical Chaos had hit the top slot, having previously being number one in March.
Ms Beerling said: “It’s amazing, both coming in at number one. I think it is because they are very different, they are unique.”
The former beautician wrote Nautical Chaos while living in Fordwich several years ago and the rhyming book is based on the village. Tales From The Clock Tower is based on Herne Bay’s Clock Tower and is historically correct but written in a fun way for youngsters. The story is told through characters Sunny, Granddad and Nippy the Crab.
Ms Beerling, who has been compared to Beatrice Potter but with rhyme, is now getting ready to release the sequel to Nautical Chaos next Easter. The new book, A Country Ramble, is also set in Fordwich and will be launched at the village hall.
More projects in the pipeline include working on a Tales Of Dover Castle book with her illustrator Gareth Bowler and a Tales Of London Tower story.
English Heritage is backing the Dover tale, which is due to be published next Easter.
Ms Beerling said: “It is so exciting. I have sold 1,000 books this year, Nautical Chaos in eight countries and the clock tower in five, and I have a new publishing company working with other authors.”
Ms Beerling, who is studying psychology and has had her books converted to audio for Kent Associaition for the Blind, says she owes her biggest thanks to Herne Bay residents who have backed her.
She said: “People have been wonderful. There has been so much support.”
Ms Beerling will be signing and selling books as part of the Brainwave by the Sea event this Saturday from 11am to 1pm at Makcari’s. She will be joined by epilepsy awareness campaigner Jo Mumford and £1 from every sold book will go to the Team Jo Epilepsy Foundation which is raising cash for an EEG monitoring system for Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
The author is also saying thanks to Bay families with a book giveaway.
She will hand out 20 free signed copies of Tales Ftrom The Clock Tower and 10 of Nautical Chaos to the first 30 people who bring their child, aged between five and nine, to the Bundle of Books shop in Bank Street between December 17 and 21. One book per family. Parents will need to give an e-mail address to receive the gift.
For more information, visit www.amazon.co.uk and search for Tales From The Clock Tower or Nautical Chaos, or go to www.occasional-wit.com