Seventeen year old publishes a book
At age seventeen most teenagers are worrying about their outfit for the next day or when they are getting their license but American High School senior Varun Gupta (V.K. Green) focused on pursuing his lifelong dream and published his first novel, The Tale of the Wulks, on September 5, 2013.
Gupta worked on the novel for almost four years, since the summer of his seventh grade year.
“After watching ‘Lord of the Rings’, I decided to write my own science fiction novel,” Gupta said. “It is one of my favorite movies and my goal was to create something just as good.”
Gupta not only wanted to write his novel as a source of entertainment, but he had a purpose behind writing it.
“I wanted to create a fantasy and teach the world more about people with autism,” Gupta said. “The novel features an original race called the Wulks portraying the major theme which is autism.”
He has sold many copies of his novel on Amazon since his book was released and wishes to sell many more.
“This is a great start for my future career,” Gupta said. “One day I would like the become a successful author.”
Gupta was very dedicated to his task and worked on it non-stop. All of his hard work paid off having a novel published at such a young age.
“He worked on the novel for the past couple years I have been working with him,” Gupta’s aid, Cathy Wheaton said. “I knew this was going to be a completed task because he has a passion in writing and loves informing people about autism.”
It is not an ordinary thing for a person to publish a six hundred and fifty page novel at the age of seventeen. Doing so, Gupta has astonished many people.
“I was very surprised because most seventeen year olds are not as dedicated to such a large task,” Gupta’s former English teacher, Mrs. Thorsen said. “I am definitely proud of Varun.”