Port teen's spellbinding tale of online success
A BRIXHAM teenager is taking the publishing industry by storm.
Abigail Gibbs, 18, has had more than 17 million reads across the chapters of her novel The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire on an online book club.
She has now signed a reported six-figure deal with publisher HarperCollins to bring the stories to ebook and paperback.
Abigail, who is about to head off to Oxford to study, started posting her writing on a community writing and reading site when she was just 15.
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Overnight she achieved 95 reads.
For the past three years she has continued to post chapters of her novel and nearly 25,000 people have commented on her work and 91,000 people have voted for it, generating a truly global audience. None of her readers have yet to discover the end to her novel.
She said: "I hope my experience as a teenage writer will inspire young people everywhere to develop the craft, even in the face of pesky distractions like school."
Abigail started publishing online under the pseudonym Canse12. The story follows the feisty 18-year-old Violet Lee as she is swept into a glittering world of extravagance and luxury, but all the riches of the world can't hide the darkness underneath – embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.
It is publishing on ebook on September 13 and paperback on October 25.