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11-year-old Chinese-American talks about the release of her first novel


NEW YORK: Most 10-year-old girls spend their free time hanging out with friends or swooning over Justin Bieber. But not Bethany Huang, she was too busy finishing her first novel, The Eiffel Tower’s Daughter: The Truth Behind the Lies. Huang first got the idea to write the book from her grade school teacher Mr. Hill. “My teacher always told me, Bethany I think you should really try writing a story, I mean your poetry is amazing but I’d really like you to try something new,” Huang told Reuters.

Huang’s mother then gave her a copy of the book ‘The Most Fascinating Places on Earth’ by Donna E. Hicks. “And reading it I got all those ideas and I started writing a short story and eventually it became a great book,” she added.

In The Eiffel Tower’s Daughter: The Truth Behind the Lies, Huang takes readers into the world of a young girl named Swanilde, who runs away from home after discovering her mother unknowingly married a French spy named Andreyev. Swanilde then turns to her father and long-lost brother for help, but is soon separated from them when Andreyev takes her family captive. Swanilde is the only one able to elude capture and it is up to her to rescue her family.

Although her book has been out for over a year, Huang still gets overjoyed when talking about the first time she saw it on book store shelves. “It’s great because like I never really thought that I’d actually see my book in book stores I just thought I’d just like see it and I would be really happy about it either way. But now seeing it in book stores it’s like a really big accomplishment to me and I’m really happy about that,” said Huang.

Now 11, Huang has already started working on her second offering with a goal to publish a new book every year, the young author detailed the plot of the book for Reuters.

“My second book is called “The Chang Family” actually my friend’s family. She is like the only girl and she lives with three brothers. I thought their family was hilarious. And now I’m starting to turn it into this wonderful story about one girl and three boys and their hilarious family adventures as they become a family, as they learn to be one and how much fun it is in between,” Huang said.

As a Chinese-American, Huang is in the process of learning Mandarin, and says her parents hope to translate the book into Chinese in the near future. A future which Huang hopes will include show business and fashion. “I would like to try, having something to do with movies, like a producer or a director. Maybe a fashion designer or something like that,” she said.

The Eiffel Tower’s Daughter: The Truth Behind the Lies has been distributed in 28 countries around world in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands and Latin America.-Reuters



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