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‘Maiden' novel scores a hit

Y. Mallikarjun
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Bhavyasri Kodali
Bhavyasri Kodali

She had not planned it. But to have a murder mystery novel published after penning it in just three months is a commendable achievement for a teenager.

For 17-year-old Bhavyasri Kodali, a 12th grade student at Simi Valley, California USA, the accomplishment made her both nervous and shocked as she had never intended to write a novel, but it just happened. Set in New York, the novel titled ‘Vindictive' was published by FriesenPress, a Canadian self-publishing house in January 2012. The book is available as a hardcover paperback and also as an e-book.

Talking to The Hindu from Simi Valley, she said: “I didn't plan anything on what I was going to write. I started with a scene… It was a park in the early morning. You expect something nice to occur.., that's where the murder occurs, investigation starts and people get curious about it. That's where it took off”.

Abiding interest

Publishing a novel was quite unexpected though she always had an abiding interest in writing. “Whenever I had free time or when I got bored, I used to imagine and create things on my own,” she remarked. She did not believe in borrowing situations from real life, but wanted to create something from her imagination because that would allow her to have control over characters.

Bhavyasri, who is keen to become a doctor, a paediatrician in particular, also honed her writing skills through a course at the High School.

Asked if she planned to write another novel, she said that she had already started working on a sequel. But was not keen to take up writing as a full-time occupation and said, “I want to become a doctor”.

Her father, K. Srinivas, is a software engineer with a company in California. Her grandfather, M. Venkateshwara Rao, a retired executive engineer of Panchayat Raj Department and currently working as Project Manager at KIMS hospital here, said Bhavyasri was an intelligent girl and was good at debating.

US-based Telugu teenager Bhavyasri Kodali pens a murder mystery in just three months and gets it published


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