Brooklyn has produced a number of artists, from icon Jean Michel Basquiat to film director Spike Lee and author Edwidge Danticat. Recently, the hip New York City borough revealed its latest protégé, Angela Content. A student of Andries Hudde Junior High School, 13-year-old Content has already self-published two science fiction books, “Awake and Alive” and “Shattered,” which are on sale via Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Each book took the teen three month to write and, interestingly, Content writes her books by hand and then types them on her computer, telling CBS News that using this old school method helps her writing flow better. Content used the website CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon that helps authors publish their work and advertise to gain readership, to publish her literature.
After hearing about this bright young lady we reached out to Content, who shared her aspirations and future goals with us. When asked why she wrote her first books, she said she thought it would be a good experience because she has been writing since the third grade. Content explained that she wanted to challenge herself by publishing her own works instead of waiting on a publishing company. By accomplishing that particular goal, Content became her own boss and won’t be held accountable to deadlines or outside editors. Being somewhat of a pioneer as a black teen science fiction author, we asked Content for her opinion on urban novels which are usually pegged to our demographic. She told us:
“The characters in urban novels are fairly interesting. They are very drama-filled. Although I do not usually read those types of books, I do not think anything needs to be changed. Urban novels reveal things that are going on in real life. While I don’t think that is good, other people find them interesting and can relate. At least it is just written work and not necessarily playing out before their eyes. “
What has played out in front of Content’s own eyes is her experience as a Caribbean American, which she’d love to incorporate into future works.
“Since no one has written a Caribbean science-fiction novel, it would be interesting to include elements of Caribbean culture in a futuristic setting.”
Although Content has a strong love for writing, she plans to take a very different career path into either microbiology or financial planning, after hopefully attending one of her top two college choices, Skidmore and Brooklyn College. Sales from Content’s books are being immediately deposited into her college fund.
To purchase Angela Content’s books,click here.