Young Phoenix author, Emily Naidoo, released her first book at the Jaipur Palace, in Durban North, on Saturday. The successful launch also coincided with the author’s 16th birthday.
At the launch, the Palmview Secondary pupil introduced the world to her novel – The Mystery of the Flaming Pentagon.
The Mystery of the Flaming Pentagon is a mystery novel aimed at young adults and told from the perspective of a female protagonist.
Speaking on what inspired her to write the book, Naidoo said, “I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing. It’s always been a hobby of mine to write fan fiction. I’ve always looked at stories and seen what I can learn and change to make it my own. So I decided to try my hand at writing something that is entirely my own. To know that it’s now being published is surreal, especially since it is being launched on my birthday.”
When asked what inspired the stylistic choices of her work, the young author shared that young adult novels have always been her favourite genre, especially mystery books like Alex Rider.
“However in most bestselling young adult novels, the protagonist is always male, I wanted to prove that a bestselling novel can be led by a female protagonist too,” she said.
The first-time author’s mother, Salo, shared that when Emily first told her that she was writing a book, she didn’t think much of it.
“When she read me some of what she had been working on at first I couldn’t believe how engaging it was. As she continued to write, I became more and more interested and realised that she is on to something. After the book was finished, we did not want that talent to go by the wayside and realised the best birthday gift we can give her is to get her book published,” the doting mother said.
Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book may contact Salo Naidoo on 067-175-4138 or Collin on 082-645-6999.