A nine-year-old has become one of the youngest published authors in the world after writing a novel during Lockdown that is now for sale in Waterstones.
Ellah Louise Ramsey fell in love with writing when she met her favorite author, Frank English, after lecturing at her school meeting.
The schoolgirl wrote to Frank – who has written 23 books – on Facebook and sent him the first chapters of her novel The Magic Whistle and The Tiny Bag of Wishes.
The 75-year-old loved the story so much that he asked if he could co-author and publish it with her.
Her book has been available in Waterstones and Amazon for five months and has already sold hundreds of copies.
Ellah of Grangetown, North Yorkshire said: “I am very proud of the book and I take very good care of it.
“I’ll keep it forever, and I think I’ll write forever too.”
Mother Vicki, 33, a young teacher, added, “We are so proud of her that she is following her dreams. Her dedication and hard work are amazing.
“She is an inspiration.
“She did as much work as a full-time job. She was so happy.
“She made a writing board covered with sticky notes and put a sign on her door that said, ‘Knock if you need me, but otherwise stay outside because I’m working.’
“Ellah is one of the youngest writers in the world today.”
Former teacher and children’s author Frank visited Ellah’s school in March 2017 for a meeting on World Book Day.
Ellah, who had already written short stories and poetry, was inspired to jot down ideas for her first novel on a laptop that Santa gave her.
She said, “That’s when I started dreaming about being a writer.
“Frank talked about creating pictures in people’s minds and seeing them smile when they read them. That made me want to write.”
She started working on The Magic Whistle and The Tiny Bag of Wishes – a story about Logan, a boy who is bullied at school.
During the lockdown, she saw an advertisement on TV encouraging people to do something positive during their time at home.
With the help of her mother, she wrote a message to Frank and asked if he remembered her and if he would like to read the first three chapters of her book in May of this year.
She said, “I didn’t know if he was going to answer and thought it would take a while because he’s very busy.”
To her great surprise, he did and she sent him the story.
Frank of Morecambe, Lancashire said: “I remembered Ellah as the only child who asked me a question in the congregation.
“I really loved the book and wanted to get it published.
“I’ve worked with some young writers and here was a young woman who obviously had talent and, with the right support, knew she could go a long way.
“When she first posted the story, she had written three chapters of six pages each, which is a lot for someone her age, but it’s especially their descriptions, the characters she chose, and the plot that really stands out as unusual. “
The little girl and professional writer then spent the next three months e-mailing chapters and changes back and forth until the first draft was ready in August.
Frank taught Ellah tricks of the trade and they both contributed suggestions, ideas and words to the book.
He said, “It’s not just her writing, it’s something in her personality – she cares and empathizes.
“This is rare with young children and they learn very quickly.
“When I worked with her, I thought, did she become my editor?
“It made my heels tingle. I realized that I have something magical here.
“I usually write with young writers published with them on my behalf, but Ellah and I are co-authors of their stories.”
The publishers printed and published the paperback worldwide on October 8th and November 10th as a hardcover book.
Ellah said she felt “really happy” when she got home from school to see the final copy for the first time, which she kept on a shelf at the bottom of her bed.
The mini-writer, who also lives with her father Jason, 34, a welder, and her brother Harvey, 11, has sold more than 500 copies worldwide.
The book is about Logan finding the confidence to challenge his school bullies and help others in a vibrant new world. It’s available for around £ 9.99.