But in the spirit of NaNoWriMo (and since I'm a hardcore procrastinator), I decided to list a few noteworthy teens who didn't let age and inexperience stop their books from hitting the shelves. Hopefully it might serve as inspiration and a mental pick-up for those of us who are hard at work on our NaNoWriMo and otherwise manuscripts. :)
Christoper Paolini: Author of The Inheritance Cycle
Christoper Paolini graduated from homeschool at the age of 15 and subsequently began working on his debut novel, Eragon, a Tolkien-style fantasy of dragons and civil war starring a young farm boy who discovers he is the last of one of the fabled Dragon Riders. (Which, if you haven't yet read, you should. It's an awesome book.) Eragon was published by Christopher's parents company Paolini International LLC-- he even drew the picture for the first edition cover himself. A few years later Eragon was picked up by a major publishing co and became a bestseller, Paolini an instant literary rockstar. Since then Christoper Paolini has published two equally amazing sequels to Eragon: Eldest and Brisingr. The last-- yet untitled-- book in the series will hopefully be published sometime next year. Here's a link to Christopher Paolini's website: Alagaesia.com.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes: Author of The Den of Shadows Quartet
SE Hinton: Author of The Outsiders and other books
Tulsa-born SE (aka Susan Eloise) Hinton's first novel The Outsiders was published in 1967, when she was sixteen years old. The Outsiders is the story of Pony-Boy, an outcast teen who lives with his brothers on the 'wrong side of town' and ends up getting blamed and going on the run for a murder a friend committed. The Outsiders quickly became a bestseller and later a classic YA novel. It was also adapted into a (fairly awesome) movie. Her second book That Was Then, This is Now was published four years later, followed by Rumble Fish and Tex, each marking a period of four years. There are also movie adaptations of That Was Then, This is Now and Rumble Fish. Today SE Hinton writes books for elementary-age kids.
Walter Farley: Author of the Black Stallion Books
Wow, I started reading the Black Stallion series when I was only seven years old. What I didn't know is that their author Walter Farley wrote the first book in the series when he was in high school. (Granted the book was not actually published until he was twenty-six, but that's still quite an accomplishment considering the popularity and general brilliance of The Black Stallion. This debut novel, followed by literally dozens of sequels, was later adapted into an excellent movie of the same title. If you'd like to check out these books (which I recommend to any fellow horse lover), then the series website is The Black Stallion.com.
Alexandra Adornetto: Author of Halo and several other books
I stumbled across a few more teen authors while Googling, but in the end I only included the ones whose books I have read or that I've heard about before. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this little article. Now disable your Wi-Fi and get back to writing! :)