WHILE most teenagers are studying, working or still deciding what to do with their lives, 18-year-old Kayci Reid of Emerald has recently become a published author.
The teen's book, Convergence, is a fantasy paranormal novel with a touch of romance aimed at young adults.
With her novel itting the shelves in stores across the globe and online, Kayci is still in shock it was approved by the first publisher she sent it to.
"I didn't expect to get published first go. It was a huge surprise and is nerve racking, but the publishers have been incredible," Kayci said.
"I guess when you grow up in a small town you don't expect things like this to happen, but they can if you try hard enough.
"I have had a couple of health issues that I was struggling with and writing the book was a therapy for me.
"It's really special because it helped me through the difficult times.
"This has been such an amazing experience for me and I am so blessed to have been able to experience it and share it with my family, friends and all the other amazing people in my life.
"I really hope that people enjoy Convergence as much as I enjoyed writing it."
Born and raised in Emerald, the young author is hoping to get her novel in the stands in stores around the Central Highlands.
"I just really hope I can expand to this area. I was born here so it's really special to me," Kayci said.
The novel, featuring a woman who is determined to rid the world of a supernatural race of soulless warriors who want her dead, is available for $18.97 from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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