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Brooklynn DelaPena's first novel, "Dawn's Rise," is now available on Amazon.

It’s a goal of many to publish a novel sometime in their lives. It’s an accomplishment that 12-year old Brooklynn DelaPeña can scratch off her to-do list.

About a year ago, Brooklynn had the idea of writing her own book series. Two weeks ago, “Dawn’s Rise,” the first book in her trilogy, was published.

“I guess I just one day had this urge to want to write and get published,” Brooklynn said.

The book tells the story of the warrior Shadow, guard of Queen Scarlet, who grows up knowing little about her past. She soon escapes and joins the Dawn Rebellion in an uprising against the evil queen. Along the way she meets a wide variety of creatures that help her on the quest, including the half-cat Amber.

Brooklynn, a sixth-grader at LeMay Elementary School in Bellevue, has already finished writing her second novel, tentatively titled “Darkened Night,” and that book is in the editing process.

She already has a few ideas for what she wants to happen in the third novel of the trilogy.

LeMay Kids Time site director CeeJae Cooper, who had experience publishing her own novels, guided her through the steps of writing and publishing a book. Cooper helped Brooklyn through the editing and revision process, and when the novel was complete, Cooper helped publish it and put it for sale on

Although sales figures are not yet available, “Dawn’s Rise” has already been purchased in several different countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany.

Brooklynn was influenced by many of the genres she enjoys reading, such as sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian novels. The first draft of the book came relatively easily to Brooklynn, but she found the hardest part of writing a book to be the editing process.

“That was hard because it was very, very long,” Brooklynn said.

Brooklynn believes this book will especially appeal to younger children.

“Although there are a few big vocabulary words for them, I think it would be fun for them to read,” Brooklynn said.

Even after she finishes the trilogy, Brooklynn hopes to keep writing.

“We were so excited for her,” Brooklynn’s mother Lisa said. “She was ecstatic.”

“Dawn’s Rise” is for sale on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats.

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