Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com
Mansfield ninth grader Alexandria Cramer is alread a published author. Her first novel is called "A Flickering Fire."
Alexandria Cramer, a Mansfield ninth grader, is a published author.
Cramer started writing A Flickering Fire when she was only in sixth grade. The book takes readers to a fantasy world of royalty and stolen power.
"One day I was kind of bored and I just wrote the prologue. And it seemed kind of interesting, so I just decided to continue on from there," said Alexandria. "This is really cool. It's a great experience to actually accomplish this. It feels amazing. It's really neat to have other people read it and enjoy it. It's really nice."
The honor roll student at Mary Orr Intermediate School wrote A Flickering Fire in about one year and spent the next year getting it published.
In the 174-page book, a teenage girl, Fiammetta, sets out on a journey to overthrow an evil king who has stolen the throne. All the characters' names have meaning.
Older sister Jessica and several others gave Alexandria feedback along the way, but the young novelist worked alone most of the time.
"I was surprised. It was so good. It was a lot better than I had anticipated from a sixth grader," said Jessica.
Alexandria's sixth grade language arts teacher says the novel grabbed her attention from the beginning, and she hopes her former student will inspire others.
"[Alexandria] was a very outstanding student. She was the type of student that you could teach her a short lesson on something, and she had it," said Cramer's language arts teacher Sandra Godawski.
A Flickering Fire is available on Amazon.com for pre-order. The book is scheduled to come out in August. Alexandria's publisher is trying to get the book into stores.