At 22 years of age, Brittany Riley has realised a lifelong dream – the publication of her first book in a series of young adult fantasy novels.
The novel, Echantment, follows the journey of a young woman who must choose between her destiny and newfound love.
Brittany said she has been crafting the story line of Enchantment in her mind since she was 16.
“Actually getting it on paper was hard,” Brittany said.
“It’s been a long time coming.”
After high school, she attended university but was homesick, so she moved back home and took on a job. She then quit to focus on writing her novel.
“I thought, ‘Stuff it. I’ll just do it and see where it takes me’,” she said.
“I basically wrote this in 12 weeks.”
Brittany self-published through Archway Publishing and received copies of her book last month.
“I cried. I was just elated,” she said.
“Just to finally get here because it’s been a long road.”
Brittany said she has been writing since she was a child and young adult fiction was her favourite genre.
“It’s something I have always loved and done,” she said.
The young author said she wanted to break into the “huge” young adult fiction market in America and hopes to attract interest from television and film producers.
“I’ve applied for agents in Australia and the US,” she said.
“I have very distinct goals.”
Brittany said young adult fiction was her favourite genre and allows readers to escape reality.
“I think the teenage years are a very volatile time of life and you’re still discovering who you are,” she said.
Yesterday, she donated a copy of Enchantment to the Gunnedah Shire Library and hopes copies will soon be available at Second Edition.
Librarian Christiane Birkett said she was very pleased to have a book by a local author and was sure it would be enjoyed by many readers.
Brittany’s pen is off and running again, with a second novel already in the works.
“Basically, just stay tuned because there’s still so much up in the air,” she said.