Teen author eyes fourth novel before turning 18

Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:19am EST
 
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Most Australian teenagers spend their summer holidays on the beach or playing sport but Alexandra Adornetto used one vacation to write a novel, and she hasn't looked back with three books published and she's only 16.

Adornetto, who is just about to start her final year of high school in Melbourne, Australia, wrote her first novel, "The Shadow Thief," at the age of 13 after shutting herself away one summer. It was published in 2007 when she was 15 to high acclaim.

A year later, "The Lampo Circus" confirmed her talent as a writer and this month the third and final installment in the series hits the stories with the title "Von Gobstopper's Arcade."

She spoke to Reuters about writing while trying to maintain the life of a typical teenager, with her fourth book underway:

Q: What started you writing?

A: "Writing was something I have always been interested in. I've grown up in a household full of books, with both my parents English teachers and very booky."

Q: Where did the idea for your first book come from?

A: "I had the idea when I was re-reading Peter Pan with the scene when Wendy finds his shadow. I thought it would be really interesting to take that idea and play with it a little bit."   Continued...

 
<p>Australian author Alexandra Adornetto is seen in this undated handout publicity photo. Most Australian teenagers spend their summer holidays on the beach or playing sport but Adornetto used one vacation to write a novel, and she hasn't looked back with three books published and she's only 16.REUTERS/Bill Bachmann/HarperCollins/Handout</p>