A Dream to Inspire
A Silent Ocean Away is the first book of The Colette Trilogy, which DeVa Gantt (a pseudonym for the two sisters who collaboratively authored the story) originally self-published as one book. HarperCollins then picked up the book and published it, transforming it into a series of three, significantly shorter, books (the second book is Decision and Destiny and the third is Forever Waiting).
What drew me to these books is that they perfectly unite beautiful writing with an engaging plot and great character development. When I was still in the age group assigned to teen fiction, it was difficult for me to sift through the selection and find a story that was both well written and interesting. While The Colette Trilogy is technically considered adult fiction, it's the story of a young woman, who, though living in the 1800s, was totally relatable to me.
But nobody's heard of DeVa Gantt or The Colette Trilogy. As far as I know, the women have not published anything since, and I'm sure it's due to this lacking readership. Everyone who I've introduced the books to have loved them, and I can't understand why such a rich, captivating story is largely unknown to people. The fact that it was so difficult for the books to even get traditionally published is upsetting to me when I pick up a book of lesser quality that has widespread popularity.
This has inspired me to want to have a career in publishing. I want to help get books of quality like this book series published. It's a rather lofty, idealistic goal to strive to accomplish, but it's my dream. I fully believe in the value of the written word and how powerful even a fictional story can be, and I want to introduce young people to books of substance that have the capacity to inspire.