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Mendham author's fantasy novel brings about accomplishment of published author ambition

A first-time author is looking to set the literary scene alight with a self-published fantasy novel which will hit the shelves in May.

Elfie Riverdell, from Mendham, wrote his debut novel, The Forest of Fallen Stars, with middle school aged children in mind.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to be published,” she said.

Elfie Riverdell is to release her first book...Picture by Mecha Morton ..
Elfie Riverdell is to release her first book...Picture by Mecha Morton ..

“I can remember, when I was young, writing horror stories on my PC at home. I started writing from an early age.

“I’ve always found the drafting process enjoyable, but I need the encouragement and support of friends and family to spur me through the editing phase.

“When it comes to writing, my process changes a little each time and, whether it is a short story or a book, I always carry a notepad around with me so I can jot down ideas.

“Not everything gets written up quickly though, and I actually have lots of half-written stories, including a prequel to my book which I am hoping to get published later.”

The 24-year-old cites Adrienne Young as a favourite author and influence, describing her as “inspirational”.

The first draft took Miss Riverdell just three months to write, with the editing process requiring almost a year of hard work.

She also works as a business admin apprentice while studying for her degree in English literature, along with studying creative writing.

She added: “I’m really excited that it’s now going to be picked up and read by people. It will be on Amazon and I’m in discussions with local bookshops with a release date pencilled in for May 20.”

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