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Words flow for Warracknabeal author Sammie Brown

IN PRINT: Warracknabeal teenage author Sammie Brown shows off a copy of her published book, The Guardian.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

IN PRINT: Warracknabeal teenage author Sammie Brown shows off a copy of her published book, The Guardian. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

A love of writing and storytelling and an ambition to pursue a career as an author is already paying off for Warracknabeal schoolgirl Sammie Brown.
The 18-year-old Warracknabeal Secondary College student has had one book published, has another in the hands of publishers and a string of written works also waiting to hit the bookshelves.
The year-12 student said she had been delightfully surprised when she had a positive response from a publisher to her submission of her teenage fantasy novel The Guardian.
“It was just a lot of luck really. I submitted the manuscript, they said they liked it and could publish it and it happened. It was published in November, 2017,” she said.
Ms Brown said the success had inspired her to try her luck again, this time with another publisher – again with success.
“The second is a book I originally wrote when I was about 13 or 14 and I had to modify a lot of things. But I went through the same process, sent it away and had it confirmed. I’m now waiting for when it comes out,” she said.
Ms Brown said she could not disclose the name of her next book or its storyline because of publishing rules but was looking forward to a community response.
“I must have written about 10 books, which are generally about 100,000 words each. My interest started when my sister had a bad dream and my year-seven teacher said ‘how about turning it into a story?’ which I did – that’s how it started,” she said.
She said random emotional images usually provided a spark for her stories.
“I see something and ask myself: how can I turn that into something meaningful? It expands from there.” Ms Brown said apart from getting joy from writing her stories, she also welcomed the few hundred dollars a quarter that trickled in from book sales.

Young Warracknabeal author Sammie Brown, 18, has written her second book.

Young Warracknabeal author Sammie Brown, 18, has written her second book.


“My first book has been more successful than I thought it was going to be. I get roughly 50 percent of what the book is sold for and what’s coming in has well and truly covered publishing costs. I’m hoping the next one is just as successful.”
Ms Brown is also studying for her Victorian Certificate of Education and admitted her studies had forced her to slow down with her book writing.
“I have a list of books ready to go – although I obviously need to re-edit them – but they’re in the wings. It has been difficult to find the time to write during year 12,” she said.
“I love just love writing novels. And although I can say I’m already a published author, I want to become a more well-developed author and that’s why I want to study professional writing and editing.”
Ms Brown writes under the name Sammie Louise.
– Dean Lawson

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