I can’t believe it’s here! My first published book! There are so many things I want to write to you here but I don’t even know where to start and I doubt that any words will ever be able to reflect what I feel right now. It’s been a long journey, a long year and it was the hardest winter I’ve ever seen. Three years ago I took that plane to London and I had a small, humble dream of one day being able to build a life according to my own standards. A life built on all the things that makes my heart beat, that makes me stay up night after night high on adrenaline and then jump out of bed in the morning, excited to explore this place, this mind, these possibilities. I had a small humble dream about music, singing, writing, creating other worlds and reaching out to people, in the same way that other songwriters and writers have touched me. A small humble dream about belonging. About finding people who understood. This book started as notes to myself, as a journal, a way for me to put my feelings on paper and figure out my own head. A way for me to remember all these experiences, all these people, thoughts and views, and somewhere I realised that a story comes alive first when it’s being told. This is when I made the decision to tell you my story, and this is also when the real me came alive. Writing this, documenting my life and thoughts became a way for me to learn awareness. To learn myself. To notice and stretch myself over those cliffs because I wanted my story to be something worth writing about. I wanted my life to be something worth reading about. If I accomplished this is up to you to decide.
I’ve never been this scared to release something before, and I do hope that you will like it, but most of all I just want it to make you feel something. That’s all I ever really wanted with my art – to make people feel something.
I am determined to stand by my belief that music is bigger than who can afford expensive promo-campaigns and that you can reach out and connect with people even if you don’t have a major company that pays for your success. After endless nights, thousands of emails, phone-calls, rejections and ‘no’s, I am finally standing by my decision to do this all on my own, to record and release my full-length, write and publish my book and hopefully go on tour, but I need your help and support to be able to do this. Your support will go to recording-gear, studio time, printing of physical CDs, printing of my book, travel-expenses from venue to venue and to print posters and flyers to promote the shows. If the budget allows, it will also go to printing of merch, that I’ve been wanting to do for way too long now, but I simply can’t afford it. Together we can make this happen! So let’s tell the world about our existence!
Now, are you ready to help me
Tell The World about the book?!
Then please, pretty please, it would mean the world if you wanted to just write a few small words about it as a “review” on Amazon and Goodreads.com. Doesn’t have to be complicated or professional, just if it made you feel anything, or maybe even your favorite quote from it? And also feel free to add your favorite quotes from it onGoodreads, or post it on tumblr, twitter, Facebook or anywhere else in cyber space Let’s tell the world together! <3
The story of The Glass Child, Charlotte Eriksson, is one of those you usually see on movies. Only 18 years old she took off to London all on her own, leaving everything she had to dedicate her life to her music and art. Landed in the UK, she spent two years traveling, wandering and learning – a worn out bag and a guitar as her only traveling companions, friends’ couches were her home. Her journey actually became a tour that brought Charlotte to play all over the UK, connecting with fans and followers through her raw voice and resulted in an exploding online-buzz. With nothing but hard work and determination she’s created a community of incredibly dedicated fans with 20,000 followers on twitter and her social networking sites.
With her own label, Broken Glass Records, Charlotte produced and released 3 critically acclaimed EPs, and in just a few days, the single ’I Will Lead You Home’ – released for the Swedish cancer-organization ’Ung Cancer’ – reached #2 on the Swedish iTunes chart and has now been played over 500,000 times on YouTube. With this exposure, Charlotte was named Breakthrough Indie Artist of the Year by Lemonade Magazine and has been played on major radios such as BBC6, Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands).
Now, after a new journey of self-discovery and 3 singles off the album, The Glass Child released her highly anticipated debut full-length ‘I’d like to remain a mystery’: February 26th. After letting her fans be a part of her journey through her writings, journaling, prose and poetry on her blog, she also self-published her first book April 23rd, called “Empty Roads and Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps”, as a follow-up to the album. An autobiographic story about her journey on the road, building her life on art and what it means to love and lose and never give up.
”I wanted to turn my life into my art. My very existence into a poem. This is my story – it’s been a beautiful fight. It still is.”