LILY Owen, 17, who attended Abermule Primary School and Welshpool High school, has released her first book which she wrote during lockdown last year.

The sixth form student has enjoyed writing from a young age and originally planned to only print one copy of ‘Not Very Stereotypical’ for herself.

The book follows Bethan who has moved to the other side of the world, but has to juggle the struggles of a new school life, attention from the school’s popular lacrosse player and an entirely new time zone.

Lily wrote the teen fiction book online and kept it a secret from her friends and colleagues at the Nags Head Inn in Garthmyl. However after much support from her family and friends it is now available on Amazon.

Encouraged by her Year 9 English teacher, Mrs Hamer, who described a piece of creative writing Lily had produced as “the most emotive piece of writing she’d ever seen” Lily harboured a secret wish to write a book before she was 16.

Adapting to life in lockdown and online learning, Lily created structure and routine in her day which allowed her to write alongside her lessons and looking after her younger brother whilst her mum also worked from home.

The teenage author has already started work on her second book and a preview of this can be found in the back of the paperback.