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Billings Teen Authors New Fantasy Novel

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 Could a 15-year old freshman at Billings Senior High School be the next big thing in fantasy tales?  Audrey Schied was one of the winners in a contest put on by publisher BookLogix in 2013, taking the title of top author in the 10-13 age group.  She wrote "Thieves of the Flame" in about a month when she was 13.  After waiting for the conclusion of the contest and the editorial process, her work is finally being released.

Schied says she started to get interested in writing around fourth grade.  She cites J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series as her favorite and biggest influence.  Her other influences include the Erin Hunter "Warriors" series, and authors Lisa McMann and John Green.

"Thieves of the Flame" is set on an island about two hundred years in the future.  It tells the story of Josie James, a girl who flees from a foster family and joins with a group of young outcasts.  They soon begin to discover the true history and secrets of the island.

Schied is hosting a book signing at the Billings Public Library on Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 PM.  The book will go on sale on-line beginning April 6 on and

Schied isn't the first teen from the region to have a fantasy novel published.  Paradise Valley resident Christopher Paolini began writing at 15, with his first novel, "Eragon," coming out in 2002.  Although her own first book is just being released, Schied says she's already about half-way through a sequel.