03 Dec 2021

Laois schoolgirl thrilled to print her first book

Laois schoolgirl thrilled to print her first book

Erin Leonard, 12, from Portlaoise with her first book in print, Souls and Saviours

A talented young Laois writer has had her first book published at the tender age of 12.

Erin Leonard is a 6th class pupil in Mr McEvoy's class at Scoil Bhride NS in Knockmay, Portlaoise.

She began writing at the age of seven, filling up many copies with her imaginative stories.

“I write science fiction and horror, I've always been into it, it doesn't scare me. My big inspiration is JK Rowling and Stephen King,” she told the Leinster Express.

Her dad Paurice surprised her on her birthday by getting her most recent story printed as a book on Amazon.

“My dad got me a new desk and chair and when I opened the drawer a wrapped package was inside, I opened it and thought that's the same name as my story, and then it hit me, I was shocked but very happy,” she said.

Souls and Saviours tells the story of Kathrin, who overcomes her fears to head into the woods one night when faced with a crisis, to spine chilling results.

She hopes to make a career of writing.

“I have started writing my second book. I write lots of beginnings, its harder to finish them, that's why this book is so special,” she said.

Erin's mother Tracey Gallagher said they are all very proud of Erin.

“Ever since she took part in a Write a Book competition with Laois Education Centre, she has developed a passion for writing stories. She is often away in her own little world with a copy and pen in her hand,” she said.

Family and friends have all bought the book, and a delighted Erin autographed their copies. The paperback is available to buy on Amazon for €8.50, by searching her name and the book title.

“We aren’t pushing it for people to buy, it was more for family and friends, but it has given her a little confidence boost,” said her mother.

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