All it took was a laptop and a dream. Galley Cat reports Beth Reekles of South Wales has just signed a three-book deal with Random House Children. Her first book, The Kissing Booth, will be published as an ebook April 9 and will appear as a paperback on May 14.
According to the press release,
Reekles, who lives with her parents in South Wales and is currently studying for her A level exams, began writing at fourteen using an old laptop her father had given her to do her homework. She wanted to write stories for kids her own age who, like her, had grown tired of books about “vampires and werewolves.” Her parents had no idea what she was up to, and were shocked to realize just what a large following their daughter’s writing had gained.
Congratulations to the teen, who’s now studying for her university entrance exams. If you or your kid would like to read a sample of Reekle’s book, check out a chapter on Wattpad.