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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Area teenager pens new novel

  • Bryan and Cynthia Campbell have known for years that they have had a writer in their midst. Their second oldest daughter, Caeley, has been putting pen to paper since first grade.
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  • Bryan and Cynthia Campbell have known for years that they have had a writer in their midst.
    Their second oldest daughter, Caeley, has been putting pen to paper  since first grade.
    "We just found not too long ago a story she had written when she was 7 about kittens," said Cynthia. "It was very cute."
    Now, the 16-year-old has a brand-new novel behind her name. It is called "Shadows of Darkness" and is the first in a six-book series titled "Keepers."
    Caeley who is homeschooled told the Daily News that the book grew out of a creative writing assignment which began about a year ago.
    "I sent off some copies to friends and they wanted to hear more. They loved the plot. All agreed that I should get it into a book," Caeley said.
    It took her only a few months to complete the 302-page, juvenile-fiction story.
    Caeley explained the book tells the tale of a 15-year-old homeschool girl who lives in the middle of nowhere. She takes a day off and spend time in the woods with friends.
    The group discovers a cave where they meet a character who tells them that they have special powers and they're sent out to save the world.
    She based quite a few of her characters on friends and their unique personalities. She even put Bella, her rough-coat Collie, in the story.
    When it was all finished, her mom read the rough draft and loved it. So did her grandfather.
    The book is self-published through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.com. Caeley's dad, Bryan, was quite impressed with this fast and easy publishing system.
    "It was a total new adventure for us," he said. "It was completely automated. You do it all from loading the files to picking the fonts and it is published on demand."
    They received a hard copy or proof of the book in the first week of January. They made some minor changes and it is available through Amazon.
    So far Caeley says that word of mouth has been the main marketing plan. However, a website is in the works and Caeley is getting the word out through her blog, keysandbones.blogspot.com.
    "Shadows of Darkness" has also gotten into the hands of some prominent professors and educators who are promoting it. The family is excited about that.
    "People who have read the book are already asking for second book," said Caeley. "I'm working on it. I am planning on having it out in a few months."

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