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WhatsOn Dec 07, 2017 by Debra Downey Ancaster News

A local author is getting ready to give J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame a run for her money.

Allison Outerbridge has completed her first novel, Liornabella, and it is already being compared to the works of the famous British novelist.

A book reviewer with Pacific Book Review states: “Liornabella is a captivating novel that makes Outerbridge a worthy successor to J.K. Rowling. With the thrilling story of Book One of the Viridian Chronicles, readers will morph into becoming dedicated fans, as they await with bated breath for the rest of the books ...”

Liornabella, published by Tellwell Publishing, tells the story of a magnetic 17-year-old named Elle. As her 18th birthday approaches, the young woman’s skills and those of equally captivating friends are tested by deadly challenges.

Outerbridge, who previously worked in the human resources field, said she has long wanted to pen a novel, but until now, life has intervened.

“I always thought I wanted to write, and now that my kids are getting older, I have more time,” said Outerbridge. “The timing felt right and my imagination flowed.”

Drawing on her experience of living on a horse farm outside Dundas, Outerbridge wrote her debut 340-page, softcover novel in about six months, followed by another five months of editing.

“I am particularly fond of the relationship between my protagonist, Elle, and her horse,” said Outerbridge. “It’s a bond I know well and I see every day when my daughter rides her grey gelding.”

And although Liornabella was only released this fall, Outerbridge is hearing some unexpected, positive feedback along a similar vein.

“People are telling me how great the female protagonist is,” she said. “They’re saying, first of all, she’s female. She’s comfortable in her own skin, and she’s going on an adventure. While she sometimes doubts herself, she works through it.”

The fantasy/adventure novel geared toward young adults has also passed one of its toughest tests — gaining the nod of approval from Outerbridge’s two teenagers.

Daughter Emily, 15, read portions of the book and provided feedback while it was still being written. Son Aidan, 17, is midway through his mom’s debut work.

“He is what I would call a ‘reluctant reader,’ but he is enjoying it,” she said.

“ ... Through Liornabella, I am hoping to inspire a love of reading, because it’s so important. I hope young people will follow through with the entire series.”

Liornabella is the first of four novels in the Viridian Chronicles series. The second book, which will continue to follow the adventures of Elle and her friends, will be released in the summer of 2018.

The book is available locally for $17.99 at Bryan Prince Bookseller in Westdale and A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, or through Amazon and Chapters.

For more information, visit www.aeouterbridge.com.

 

Dundas’ Allison Outerbridge publishes first novel through Tellwell Publishing

Liornabella first in Viridian Chronicles series

WhatsOn Dec 07, 2017 by Debra Downey Ancaster News

A local author is getting ready to give J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame a run for her money.

Allison Outerbridge has completed her first novel, Liornabella, and it is already being compared to the works of the famous British novelist.

A book reviewer with Pacific Book Review states: “Liornabella is a captivating novel that makes Outerbridge a worthy successor to J.K. Rowling. With the thrilling story of Book One of the Viridian Chronicles, readers will morph into becoming dedicated fans, as they await with bated breath for the rest of the books ...”

Liornabella, published by Tellwell Publishing, tells the story of a magnetic 17-year-old named Elle. As her 18th birthday approaches, the young woman’s skills and those of equally captivating friends are tested by deadly challenges.

Through Liornabella, I am hoping to inspire a love of reading, because it’s so important. I hope young people with follow through with the entire series.

Outerbridge, who previously worked in the human resources field, said she has long wanted to pen a novel, but until now, life has intervened.

“I always thought I wanted to write, and now that my kids are getting older, I have more time,” said Outerbridge. “The timing felt right and my imagination flowed.”

Drawing on her experience of living on a horse farm outside Dundas, Outerbridge wrote her debut 340-page, softcover novel in about six months, followed by another five months of editing.

“I am particularly fond of the relationship between my protagonist, Elle, and her horse,” said Outerbridge. “It’s a bond I know well and I see every day when my daughter rides her grey gelding.”

And although Liornabella was only released this fall, Outerbridge is hearing some unexpected, positive feedback along a similar vein.

“People are telling me how great the female protagonist is,” she said. “They’re saying, first of all, she’s female. She’s comfortable in her own skin, and she’s going on an adventure. While she sometimes doubts herself, she works through it.”

The fantasy/adventure novel geared toward young adults has also passed one of its toughest tests — gaining the nod of approval from Outerbridge’s two teenagers.

Daughter Emily, 15, read portions of the book and provided feedback while it was still being written. Son Aidan, 17, is midway through his mom’s debut work.

“He is what I would call a ‘reluctant reader,’ but he is enjoying it,” she said.

“ ... Through Liornabella, I am hoping to inspire a love of reading, because it’s so important. I hope young people will follow through with the entire series.”

Liornabella is the first of four novels in the Viridian Chronicles series. The second book, which will continue to follow the adventures of Elle and her friends, will be released in the summer of 2018.

The book is available locally for $17.99 at Bryan Prince Bookseller in Westdale and A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, or through Amazon and Chapters.

For more information, visit www.aeouterbridge.com.

 

Dundas’ Allison Outerbridge publishes first novel through Tellwell Publishing

Liornabella first in Viridian Chronicles series

WhatsOn Dec 07, 2017 by Debra Downey Ancaster News

A local author is getting ready to give J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame a run for her money.

Allison Outerbridge has completed her first novel, Liornabella, and it is already being compared to the works of the famous British novelist.

A book reviewer with Pacific Book Review states: “Liornabella is a captivating novel that makes Outerbridge a worthy successor to J.K. Rowling. With the thrilling story of Book One of the Viridian Chronicles, readers will morph into becoming dedicated fans, as they await with bated breath for the rest of the books ...”

Liornabella, published by Tellwell Publishing, tells the story of a magnetic 17-year-old named Elle. As her 18th birthday approaches, the young woman’s skills and those of equally captivating friends are tested by deadly challenges.

Through Liornabella, I am hoping to inspire a love of reading, because it’s so important. I hope young people with follow through with the entire series.

Outerbridge, who previously worked in the human resources field, said she has long wanted to pen a novel, but until now, life has intervened.

“I always thought I wanted to write, and now that my kids are getting older, I have more time,” said Outerbridge. “The timing felt right and my imagination flowed.”

Drawing on her experience of living on a horse farm outside Dundas, Outerbridge wrote her debut 340-page, softcover novel in about six months, followed by another five months of editing.

“I am particularly fond of the relationship between my protagonist, Elle, and her horse,” said Outerbridge. “It’s a bond I know well and I see every day when my daughter rides her grey gelding.”

And although Liornabella was only released this fall, Outerbridge is hearing some unexpected, positive feedback along a similar vein.

“People are telling me how great the female protagonist is,” she said. “They’re saying, first of all, she’s female. She’s comfortable in her own skin, and she’s going on an adventure. While she sometimes doubts herself, she works through it.”

The fantasy/adventure novel geared toward young adults has also passed one of its toughest tests — gaining the nod of approval from Outerbridge’s two teenagers.

Daughter Emily, 15, read portions of the book and provided feedback while it was still being written. Son Aidan, 17, is midway through his mom’s debut work.

“He is what I would call a ‘reluctant reader,’ but he is enjoying it,” she said.

“ ... Through Liornabella, I am hoping to inspire a love of reading, because it’s so important. I hope young people will follow through with the entire series.”

Liornabella is the first of four novels in the Viridian Chronicles series. The second book, which will continue to follow the adventures of Elle and her friends, will be released in the summer of 2018.

The book is available locally for $17.99 at Bryan Prince Bookseller in Westdale and A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, or through Amazon and Chapters.

For more information, visit www.aeouterbridge.com.