UT English teacher publishes book

Posted by on September 1, 2017 with 0 Comments

Ms. Sheila Ahuja is not only an English teacher and play director at UT, but she is also an author of adolescent literature.  She recently published a fantasy adventure book entitled Avalon Princess, which is about an orphaned girl finding a portal to the magical world of Avalon.

Ms. Sheila Ahuja is not only an English teacher and play director at UT, but she is also an author of adolescent literature.  She recently published a fantasy adventure book entitled Avalon Princess, which is about an orphaned girl finding a portal to the magical world of Avalon.

The name of the land is familiar to readers of Arthurian literature, and that is no mistake according to Ms. Ahuja:  “I started writing this story when I read Le Morte d’Arthur (literally the death of Arthur) about King Arthur.  At the end of the book, Arthur is presumed dead when he doesn’t return from Avalon, the land of fairies.  I wanted to know what would have happened in this magical world if King Arthur didn’t die, so I wrote my own story.”

Though she originally started the book over six years ago, she completed a major rewrite during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  She spent an entire year editing and revising the book before she had it published.

She has enjoyed the feedback and questions she has received from her readers.  Ms. Ahuja said, “The most rewarding part is hearing from people who have read my book that they liked or hated it, the characters meant something to them, or they want to know what happens next.  There’s just something very cool about knowing that my imagination created something that has meaning to someone else.”

She was attracted to the fantasy genre because she is “able to create my own world and my own rules.”

She is already working on a sequel.  “I plan to finish the first draft next summer when I have more time and publish it the next year,” said Ms. Ahuja.

Avalon Princess can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com.

 

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