A young author from Ridlington is walking tall with a big smile on his face after publishing his first ever book.
Sebastian Rubinstein’s adventure novel Elementals is now on sale at shops across Rutland and Stamford and to a global audience via Amazon.
The book tells the story of a teenage boy, Salkaar, caught in the centre of an extraordinary battle against two powerful universal forces. It has been written for a teenage audience, particularly boys who enjoy fantasy books.
Sebastian, 18, a former pupil at Leighfield Primary School and Uppingham Community College, admitted his ideas for the book came as a bit of a day dream out of boredom when he was 14 on holiday and that he had no plan to be penning his own novel.
Sebastian originally printed 20 copies of the manuscript so friends and family could read the adventure story. They liked it so much he decided to go ahead and publish it himself, initially on Amazon as a Kindle download, but now in print as well.
Sebastian said: “It feels odd but great to see the book in shops and online. Very surreal.
“I wasn’t really looking to become an author but I started day dreaming when I was 14 and began to write ideas down. Then I got hooked on it, and three years later it’s all come together.”
Sebastian said he was delighted at the reception he has had from those who have read the book. He is now writing down ideas for his next story, which he hopes to publish next year.
Sebastian added: “It all started as a bit of a hobby but now I’m looking to write another.
“People who have read it have said they really enjoyed it and I haven’t had any negative feedback.”
Sebastian will be signing copies of the book at Walkers Bookshop in High Street, Stamford, on December 1, from 11am to 2pm.