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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — Hilltopper senior, Kaitlin Lee, is in the final stages of publishing and is hoping to see a release date in October of her book “Torn Apart.”
“It’s kind of crazy,” she said. “I didn’t think it would ever happen, but now that it has, it is surreal. I don’t think it will set in until the book is published.”
Without giving too much away, she said, the book is about the Civil War era but is not based around the war.
“It’s about a young girl during the time of the Civil War,” she said. “It’s not really about the war and during the battles, but it’s about that period and how she learns to deal with her family being brought into it.”
Lee began writing the book in eighth grade when her English teacher, Mrs. Holter, gave the class a one to two-page writing assignment.
While most of the kids found themselves writing a page or two, Lee had written 20 pages before she realized she may have gotten carried away.
“I owe most, if not all of my book to her,” Lee stated. “She helped me through editing, even when I wasn’t in her class. She would work on it at home, and then bring it back to me.”
Holter organized the phone call with Newman Springs Publishing, which after the contract was sent, she began tag teaming with Lee’s parents, Chad and Sheila.
“We didn’t really know what we were getting into,” Lee explained. “But my parents have been extremely supportive throughout the entire process.”
Lee’s older sister, Morgan, refused to read the book until Lee had it finished and off to a publisher, stating it was motivation to keep her focused while writing.
As for her friends, Lee said, that they were ecstatic for her and went around telling everyone, “Oh my gosh she’s going to be a published author!” This led to the teachers and the rest of the school finding out and supporting the senior in her endeavor.
Newman Springs Publishing allowed Lee to take her time when it came to the publishing process, she explained, as they knew she was in her junior year of high school and the ACTs as well as the long softball season was just around the corner.
“I knew when to expect my book back from them,” commented Lee. “It was supposed to be back on my birthday, February 11, and I kept worrying that I would be rejected on my birthday.”
But to her surprise that was not the case, and she signed the contract that same day.
“Torn Apart” will be available through Newman Springs on their website while the final touches are made for the eBook process, which will be available on Barnes and Nobel, Kindle and iBook for Apple.
Kaitlin has enjoyed working with the publishers, as they have given her the final say on every aspect of her book. From the edits and suggestions, to the current process of designing the front cover of the book.
Lee stated Newman Springs hasn’t been like other publishers, she has been allowed to be part of the process instead of the publisher taking full control.
“The design process takes about a month,” she said. “I sent it out about two or three weeks ago, so it should be coming back soon.”
With a mid to late October release date, Lee will begin promoting her book on her Facebook and Instagram, as well as sending out sheets to the students of Glenwood City and neighboring schools.
With her senior year on the horizon, Lee is working on another book while focusing on her studies to graduate.
After graduation, she will be moving on to major in Pre-med before applying to go to medical school. Her hope is to become a family physician, all while continuing her writing as a hobby.
“I’ve always loved the diagnosing and treating part of being a family physician,” Lee explained. “I’ve also admired my family physician.”
“I am amazed at what she has done,” said Holter. “I am proud to have a student who is going to be a published author.”
Glenwood City high school will place multiple copies throughout the school, according to Holter, as she believes it is something the entire school should be proud of.