A YOUNG local woman has just had her first book published – at the tender age of 21!
Kelsey Jade Higgins was given the big news last summer when the book –Girls in London was green-lit by London publishers Olympia, and the book was released at the end of July.
The story is about three best friends trying to make their way through the difficulties of singledom and their early 20s.
Girls in London is a saucy new romance novel. The old friends will do anything to help each other, whether it’s a broken heart or an unwanted pregnancy. All the battles of the sexes are won or lost in this warm story of friendship and the eternal search for love,” said her publisher Chris Hancock.
Curiously, Kelsey has never actually lived in the city of her book, but has family there and goes regularly on holiday.
“I really love London, it’s a great city,” she said.
This is not Kelsey’s first book, although it is her first to get a publishing deal, and she is currently working on her follow-up tome which she hopes will be published “at the end of this year, or maybe in the new year”.
“It’s about three young girls, their careers, their love lives, and the struggles of being a young single girl,” she explained.
‘It’s very hard being young and single,” she added. (Your reporter reassured Kelsey that it was a lot harder being middle-aged and single!)
Kelsey, who is originally from Naas but now living in Rathangan, is bravely putting all her eggs in the writing basket, as she has never had job.
“Writing is something I always wanted to do since I was little,” she said.
“I used to do a lot of creative writing at school (Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain), and the teachers always enjoyed my work,” she said.
The Kildare Nationalist asked her if there was any one great influencer on her career, but she replied: “Nobody in particular. Mostly it was what I enjoyed to do, really”.
She utilizes an interesting writing discipline.
“I just go til I get tired, and this gets the work done,” explained the daughter of Naas couple Maureen and Lawrence.
Ms Higgins might be onto something in her chosen career, as her book is on sale with Easons, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Waterstones.