Bridie’s aspirations going by the book

OFF TO A FLYING START: Orange High School student Bridie Pickering is targeting a career as a writer after completing her first novel in two months. Miss Pickering's book is now available online. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0613jkbook1
OFF TO A FLYING START: Orange High School student Bridie Pickering is targeting a career as a writer after completing her first novel in two months. Miss Pickering's book is now available online. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0613jkbook1

WRITING the great Australian novel is a dream for many.

For 13-year-old Bridie Pickering, she’s one step closer.

The Orange High School student wrote a novel called Bullseye, as a part of an assignment for the school’s gifted and talented program.

Miss Pickering sent her book to self-publishing company Xlibris, which picked up the book to publish.

Bullseye follows two best friends who have lived together their whole lives.

A plague strikes the town and affects many people, including the best friends.

Miss Pickering said she worked on the book every day after school.

“I sat down each day and wrote 2000 to 5000 words,” she said.

“It took me about five weeks then a month to edit.”

Miss Pickering encouraged young writers to pursue their passion.

“If one person says your writing is bad, don’t believe them. You’re writing for yourself,” she said.

The book is available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.