Writing Advice · YA Books

Teenage Authors: A History

Today we look a some of those that got their stories out there whilst still in their teenage years.

Christopher Paolini

What began as teenage daydreams eventually became the best-selling Eragon series. This all started when he was 15 years old. His family were very supportive and in 2002, they travelled around the USA promoting and marketing his book with 10,000 self-published copies. It was picked up by Knopf Publishers in 2003 and became a big hit thereafter.

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

While in early High School one of her friend made a comment about her writing novels, this was something that her English teacher overhead and offered to read. An established literary agent, after reading her novel he set to work on getting it published and Amelia’s first novel, In the Forests of the Night, was published on her fourteenth birthday. Now she has 9 novels in her Den of Shadows series and 5 in the Kiesha’ra series.

Amy Zhang

In 2014, whilst still in high school, she had her YA novel, Falling into Place, published by Harper Collins. She wrote her first draft as part of the November NaNoWriMo writing challenge in the year previous, and it wasn’t too difficult for her to get it sold after that. Since then she has published many more novels, and there are more on the way this coming year.

Beth Reekles

When she was 15, she starting writing, The Kissing Booth and uploaded it onto Wattpad – an online story sharing website. This acting as a launching pad for her as it garnered millions (19 million) of views. This eventually caught the attention of Random House and the Kissing Booth has been published by them as her debut novel. In 2013, at the age of 17, she was listed as one of the most influential teens in 2013 by TIME. You can read an interview here.

Rachel Coker

She published her first YA novel, Interrupted:Life Beyond Words at the age of 15. It was her first full-length novel and she finished writing it in 2010. At the time, she hadn’t told anyone about what she had done. But one day, she decided to get the ball rolling, to just go for it and she contacted around a dozen literary agents and letting her family know. You can watch the trailer for her book here.

The list could go on for much longer, but we’ll stop there for today. It’s not here to depress you. It’s here to be inspirational, motivational. To show you that we all have it within ourselves to achieve our dreams. Some may take longer than others to get there, but it does take hard work, perseverance and believing in yourself. Then with a bit of luck, you’re all set.

-Elizabeth

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