Children and Young People
Three writers who were first published in their teens talk about the experience, how they came to find a publisher, the impact, and their subsequent writing careers. Bidisha, whose first book, Seahorses, sold for £15,000 and was written when she was 14, 20 years ago, has gone on to have a distinguished career in journalism, fiction and non-fiction. Rhiannon Lassiter, whose first novel, Hex, was published when she was 19, has written 11 further novels, of which her most recent is Ghost of a Chance. Abigail Gibbs’s first book in The Dark Heroine series, Dinner with a Vampire, was first published online and received 16 million hits before she was signed up, at 18, for a two-book deal with HarperCollins (her book is now out in paperback). All three authors are or were Oxford undergraduates.