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Local author has first book published

PULASKI — Leah Rose has been writing ever since she learned how.
“Throughout my childhood, I was obsessed with reading and writing — mostly short stories at that point — and was convinced that I would be an author when I ‘grew up,’ “ she said.
Now, at age 19, Rose is a published author and is “thrilled” to have managed to have her first book published while she was still a teenager.
Her book, “Bug Sweeper: A Flower in the Depths,” which is the first in what will be a trilogy, has recently been published by PublishAmerica.
Rose said the book — which is primarily geared toward nine- to 12-year-olds but could be enjoyed by teenagers and adults as well — is about a young girl named Mindy Brown.
A press release from PublishAmerica gives the following description of the book:
“Six years ago, 11-year-old Mindy Brown’s father (a pilot) disappeared along with his plane, leaving Mindy and her mother struggling to get by and longing for his return. Finally, things take a turn for the better when Mindy has an idea — a very brilliant idea.
“When Mindy sacrifices her meager life savings to launch an after-school business, doors that she never imagined are opened to her. When one of her clients and his young assistant reveal that they’re alchemists and ask her to join their team, her life is changed forever.
“The whirlwind adventure that ensues takes the three unlikely heroes (and a few devious rivals) abroad in search of the first of the three remaining ingredients, where an unprecedented exploit unfolds and a centuries old mystery begs to be solved,” the description concludes.
Rose said she was inspired to write the Bug Sweeper series by the gap in her apartment door, which was always letting bugs in, at least until she had it fixed.
As for what else inspires her to write, Rose said, “Well, to tell the truth, a random character or brief scene usually just falls into my head, and I get the ‘fever’ to build the rest of the story around it. For example, I didn’t know what the Bug Sweeper series was going to be about at first. I just had the image of a young blonde girl waging war against invading insects as I was at the time, and the story evolved into an adventure about alchemy.”
Rose said it is her goal to finish the next two books in the Bug Sweeper trilogy during the next year before she begins classes at Virginia Tech.
She said that as a resident of Wytheville, she was attending Wytheville Community College, but she and her husband recently bought their first home in Pulaski, so she transferred to New River Community College.
Next fall, she plans to transfer to Tech, where she hopes to pursue a degree in animal and poultry science, with an emphasis on equine, as she is a lover of horses and has three of her own.
Rose is originally from Hagerstown, Md., but as the daughter of a Marine, her family moved around a lot, so she has also spent a great deal of her life in southern Pennsylvania and coastal North Carolina, and also lived in Texas for a brief period of time. Her family moved to Wytheville when she was 15, and she and her husband moved to Pulaski within the past month, which she described as a “nice change.”

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Local author has first book published

PULASKI — Leah Rose has been writing ever since she learned how.
“Throughout my childhood, I was obsessed with reading and writing — mostly short stories at that point — and was convinced that I would be an author when I ‘grew up,’ “ she said.
Now, at age 19, Rose is a published author and is “thrilled” to have managed to have her first book published while she was still a teenager.
Her book, “Bug Sweeper: A Flower in the Depths,” which is the first in what will be a trilogy, has recently been published by PublishAmerica.
Rose said the book — which is primarily geared toward nine- to 12-year-olds but could be enjoyed by teenagers and adults as well — is about a young girl named Mindy Brown.
A press release from PublishAmerica gives the following description of the book:
“Six years ago, 11-year-old Mindy Brown’s father (a pilot) disappeared along with his plane, leaving Mindy and her mother struggling to get by and longing for his return. Finally, things take a turn for the better when Mindy has an idea — a very brilliant idea.
“When Mindy sacrifices her meager life savings to launch an after-school business, doors that she never imagined are opened to her. When one of her clients and his young assistant reveal that they’re alchemists and ask her to join their team, her life is changed forever.
“The whirlwind adventure that ensues takes the three unlikely heroes (and a few devious rivals) abroad in search of the first of the three remaining ingredients, where an unprecedented exploit unfolds and a centuries old mystery begs to be solved,” the description concludes.
Rose said she was inspired to write the Bug Sweeper series by the gap in her apartment door, which was always letting bugs in, at least until she had it fixed.
As for what else inspires her to write, Rose said, “Well, to tell the truth, a random character or brief scene usually just falls into my head, and I get the ‘fever’ to build the rest of the story around it. For example, I didn’t know what the Bug Sweeper series was going to be about at first. I just had the image of a young blonde girl waging war against invading insects as I was at the time, and the story evolved into an adventure about alchemy.”
Rose said it is her goal to finish the next two books in the Bug Sweeper trilogy during the next year before she begins classes at Virginia Tech.
She said that as a resident of Wytheville, she was attending Wytheville Community College, but she and her husband recently bought their first home in Pulaski, so she transferred to New River Community College.
Next fall, she plans to transfer to Tech, where she hopes to pursue a degree in animal and poultry science, with an emphasis on equine, as she is a lover of horses and has three of her own.
Rose is originally from Hagerstown, Md., but as the daughter of a Marine, her family moved around a lot, so she has also spent a great deal of her life in southern Pennsylvania and coastal North Carolina, and also lived in Texas for a brief period of time. Her family moved to Wytheville when she was 15, and she and her husband moved to Pulaski within the past month, which she described as a “nice change.”

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