First time lucky for young au­thor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

MANY would-be au­thors spend years fac­ing noth­ing but re­jec­tion let­ters as they try to get their work in print. Not Clara Sue Kean, of Cheri­ton, who has just had her first book pub­lished at the ten­der age of 19. The novel, Un­con­di­tioned, goes on sale on May 31. Ama­zon and a num­ber of other on­line book­sell­ers are al­ready tak­ing pre-pub­li­ca­tion or­ders. A-level pupil Clara is tak­ing it all in her stride. She ex­plained: “The idea for the book just came out of the blue. I love utopian lit­er­a­ture like 1984 and I also love chem­istry and psy­chol­ogy. The idea just came to me in a flash.” The book is about a wo­man in a fic­tional coun­try called Monochro­mia where ev­ery­thing is in black and white. Clara started writ­ing the novel in Septem­ber 2005 and six months later it was fin­ished. She sent it to a dozen pub­lish­ers and had of­fers from two. She chose the Book Guild, the book went into pub­li­ca­tion and the first copies have just rolled off the presses. Clara held a pre-pub­li­ca­tion book-sign­ing for her class­mates at St Ed­mund’s School in Can­ter­bury and is now look­ing for­ward to May 31 when it goes on gen­eral sale. Days later it will be back to re­al­ity – she will be in the ex­am­i­na­tion hall tak­ing Alevels in psy­chol­ogy, chem­istry and bi­ol­ogy. Clara is hop­ing to go to Bris­tol Univer­sity in Oc­to­ber to study vi­rol­ogy. She said: “Writ­ing is my hobby. Un­con­di­tioned is not the first thing I have writ­ten – I have writ­ten many short sto­ries and po­ems, plays and even a short novel, but this is the first thing I have ever had pub­lished. “I al­ready have an idea for my next book.”

Pic­ture:Chris Davey pd1194689

Sixth-for­mer Clara Kean at St Ed­munds School, who has just had her first novel pub­lished

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