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Local Author Releases Second Novel

Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.

Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.

The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”

She says she considered going back to teaching but had always loved to write and wanted to explore that passion: “I told him, let me give it a year.” About six months into the process she finished her first book. She entered the manuscript into a writing contest, and became a semifinalist.

“I was shocked when I got the call,” says Paulus.

And her success story gets even better. She went to a writing conference, where she ended up meeting her future agent, Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. However, they couldn’t sell the book to any publishers.

“It’s hard as an unpublished author to get in the door,” says Paulus.

So, a new young adult line was created for e-books called Playlist Young Adult Fiction. Paulus says nine books have been published in the last 10 months. “It’s like agent-based self-publishing...it’s a fun way to get into the writing business,” she says, because it is competitive and ensures a quality product to present. She adds, “I’m giving my book its best shot.”

She says so far she’s had about 70 reviews of her book, all 4 and 5 star ratings. Plus, she gets messages on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RajdeepPaulusAuthorPage) from people who are reading her book and just want to drop her a line.

The positive feedback, she says, “has given me more courage to get the book out there.”