The Inspirational Story of “Charlie” Behind the Book
Charlie Takes an Adventure is a children’s book I wrote when I was only 11 years old. It started out as a “required assignment.” My teacher gave us the task to write a book as part of a yearlong Language Arts project during my sixth grade. At the end of the school year, my teacher returned my manuscript back to me in a “hardcover” format. And I gotta tell you… I was pretty excited to see this book in hard cover. I was even more excited to show this book to dad. When I showed dad my book, I said, “Dad, how cool would it be if I can get this book published for “REAL” someday!!!”
Well, being 11 years old at the time, I had no clue how-to get a book published. So what happened….? My book, Charlie Takes an Adventure just sat on my book shelf collecting dust. Because of the 13 years that I tried and tried to get my book published, not one person thought it would be a good idea.
I’m not referring to publishing companies now…. I’m talking about everyone else in my life that I thought would be rooting for me was actually against me going after my dreams.
I would constantly hear the discouragement from family members, best friends, teachers and even librarians. They would tell me:
“Haley, you are way too young to publish a book!”
“Haley, it’s way too hard to publish a book!”
“Haley, it costs too much money to publish a book!”
Years later, I was encouraged and blessed by an ex-boyfriend that told my why my book hasn’t been published. He said, “Darlin,the reason your book hasn’t been published, sweetheart, is simply because you aren’t smart enough to publish a book!”
It was what he said that really made me think twice and want to get my book published.
Two years later , Charlie Takes an Adventure was hit with an overwhelmingly positive response from parents, to children and to educators across the board. The book launched at the middle school I attended when I was in 6th grade, Logger’s Run Middle School! At this event, I gave a motivational talk to 400+ people in the auditorium, which included; students, parents, faculty, and the Superintendent of the Palm Beach County Schools. Haley Marguerite Enterprises is in the process of developing a “Charlie” penguin stuffed animal, clothing line and “Charlie” penguin cookies, that will be in addition to the book.
Since the launch of my book, I have visited 1000’s of schools throughout America. I have even been invited to inspire; Elementary and Middle Schools and religious afflictions with my motivational event, “Dream Big.” I have also been selected to be keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of America, as well as, Keller-Williams Real Estate Investment agents.
Awards and Notable Recognition
- Miami Seaquarium placed order and it’s on their shelves
- IMAG-Imaginarium Aquarium and Science placed order and it’s on their shelves
- Recognized on Fox News, Miami Herald, Lynn University Alumni News, West Boca News and Wei Radio.
- Selected to read my book for a Target sponsored, Miami Children’s Museum
- Keynote Speaker for Keller Williams Realty (Boca Raton, FL)
- Keynote Speaker for Girl Scouts of America (Lakeland, FL)
- Selected to participate in Girl Fest for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (University of South Florida)
Come Travel with Charlie!
Below are the images that you will find in my book:
In Stores and Online!
Give the gift of literacy this holiday season
Are you like us, and LOVE reading, too? If so, get on board and start traveling with Charlie and his friends to Florida, in the book, Charlie Takes an Adventure. Keep an eye out for Charlie’s next adventure, 2018. Can you take a guess, where he will be venturing off to next?
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