Fiction & Freelance Writer

About


Charlotte L Oakeby is a seventeen-year-old fiction and freelance writer from the United Kingdom, with a passion for languages and literature. From a young age, she's had a wild imagination, and, when she wasn't reading, she was conjuring up stories of her own. She was, and always will be, a Malory Towers kind of girl.

She's forever held this desire to write, pouring out dreamt-up thoughts onto pieces of paper or otherwise. She romanticizes the most basic of ideas, desperate to write things in a way that just sounds pretty. 

Her love for writing truly began after cancer stole her father when she was thirteen. She was a daddy's girl--they were the best of friends. The rollercoaster of grief took her in directions she didn't want to be heading, thank you very much. And so, she came to understand that her way of overcoming this pain was by immersing herself in an industry where she just felt at home. 

At fourteen, she wrote her first 'novel', The Ink in Our Quills--as a perfectionist, she felt it didn't quite make the cut, and so she somewhat abandoned it. She then wrote a 75,000 word novel, Where the Willow Lies, which she fell in love with and promises to return to at some point in the future. She adores her freelance work and working for clients all over the globe. Non-fiction articles are hugely important to Charlotte, and she's dedicated to crafting pieces that draw from her own experiences so that she can help others. She wrote her first published piece, Forever Yours, Mr. Carter, at sixteen, and she's now working on her short story collection, Noir.

A passionate and determined girl, Charlotte has much she wants to achieve in life. She hopes to get an English Literature degree and end up a criminal lawyer & writer. The writing industry is a harsh one--acceptances, however few and far between they come, will always be golden. Receiving her first acceptance letter is a moment Charlotte will never, ever forget. She screamed so loud, Mother Oakeby thought something tragic had happened.

The feeling of knowing something you crafted is in the hands of others is indescribable. Still young, it's undoubtedly daunting being surrounded by writers who seemingly have so much more experience than her, but she never allows herself to feel intimidated.

She's grateful for anyone who has helped her up until this point - her Gordon Square Review mentor Laura Walter in particular, who is 'confident we're only seeing the beginning of this young writer's career'.*



PUBLICATIONS & CREDITS:

Fiction

1. Forever Yours, Mr. Carter published in Volume Thirteen of the Cosumnes River Journal
2. Reflections published in Issue Four of the Gordon Square Review
3. Recipient of a Gordon Square Review Editorial Mentorship for Reflections
4. Short fiction published in The Haloscope Review
5. Merlot forthcoming in The Haloscope Review
6. Take a Bow forthcoming in The Woven Tale Press
7. There's Lipstick on Your Collar forthcoming in Capsule Stories

Non-fiction

1. The Five Golden Rules for Gratitude published on The Daily Positive
2. Tips for Handling Rejection published on The Daily Positive
3. Five Submission Tips from an Editorial Reader published on C S Laskin's LiveWriteThrive
4. The Clocks Are Still Ticking self-published, both digitally and in print
5. Honesty is the Best Policy forthcoming on The Daily Positive

Other

1. Experience reading for award-winning magazine based in Florida, 805Lit
2. Soon to be part of an upcoming issue of the mental health magazine, LoveNotHate





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