"Get inspired. Be inspired, And inspire others." - Sarah Jessica Curtis
About The author
"When people write a book they have a motive. Whether it is to entertain, to inform, or maybe even just to earn bragging rights. So now, maybe you're wondering, "What was your motive to write The Silent Silhouettes?" And, incase you were wondering, I'll tell you. Not only do I hope to entertain, I hope to make a mark on the world. But even more so than that, I want to inspire. Hopefully, with this book, I'll be able to do so." -Sarah Jessica Curtis
Sarah Jessica Curtis is a 15 year-old girl from the state of New Jersey. "The Silent Silhouettes" is her first published book, and she is more than excited to be able to share this book with the world. "I'm definitely excited to be known as an author" Sarah says. "I never in my wildest dreams thought I would earn that title."
Ever since Sarah was a little girl, she loved to entertain people. "I always used to sing on stage as a kid, but I never saw that as something that would actually get me somewhere. It was more of an activity I did for fun. But being a writer, that sort of struck me from out of the blue. Until I wrote this book, I did not see myself as an author. I always did love to write, but I didn't think it was anything too special."
"Over the past year, as I was writing the book, I started to brainstorm more and more ideas for different writing activities. The thoughts came out of nowhere. Some nights, I was just getting ready to fall asleep when suddenly I had this little quote in my head. I started to come up with songs, poems, and even ideas for other stories. I guess I never knew I had a writer in me. I mean, that's basically how our skill process works; You don't know what things you can do until you try them."
"The idea for The Silent Silhouettes didn't just pop into my head one day when I was about to fall asleep. I find it really ironic how I acquired the theme for the story. When I was in the 8th grade, my language arts teacher was taking time off of school for a while, so we had a substitute teacher, Miss. Kaitlyn Carton, filling in for her. During the time Miss. Carton was teaching, she assigned a project about the subject we were working on— myths and legends. We had to come up with a short story about our own myth or legend, and design a poster for it.
For some reason, silence was on my mind when I was brainstorming a plot for the story, and I had a few ideas pass through my head before I came up with a boy named Alex, a girl named Amelia, and these monsters named The Silent Silhouettes. Before I began writing the story, the first thing I asked was, "Can it be scary?" And when I received an approval, I started to write my story. And that was the day a school project changed my life. If my teacher never was out of school, then there wouldn't have been a reason for Miss. Carton to assign the project. it weren't for Miss. Carton and her project, this book would have never happened."
Shortly after Sarah had finished writing the short story, she realized that she could make an even bigger story out of the small one. On April 16, 2015, when Sarah was 14 years-old, she began to start writing what would be her very first novel. "It took a lot of work, and a lot of time. I never had any free time really. I spent what ever extra time I had writing, and at first, during school, I didn't have much spare time due to home work, but I never stopped writing. When Summer of 2015 came around, I finally had more time to write, and I made it my goal to have the entire book written by the end of summer."
Determined to meet her goal, Sarah had the book finished by August 31st, 2015. "After I was finished, I was ecstatic. But after I finished came the editing. I had the whole thing ready and edited by May 1, 2016. I would like to give a special thanks to Ms. Virginia Tatem for helping me with that as well. And also, I'd like to thank my brother, Alfredo Moreno, for designing the cover of the book and making the entire story come to life in a photo."
"Overall, even though the process was a long one, I am so grateful to be able to share this story with you. If you have read the book, or plan to read it, thank you so much for taking the time to do so—I really do appreciate it, and I hope you like the read."
Now, at the age of 17, Sarah has two books published. A Second Silence is the sequel to her first book, The Silent Silhouettes, and can be purchased in the store. Every purchase is appreciated, and Sarah is looking forward to sharing more of her work with the world in the future.