Plum teen writes series of novels
A Plum teen has written and published two young-adult thrillers and is working on a third in the saga.
Bonnie Synclaire Nickles, 17, of Plum began writing at a young age but it wasn’t until recently that she self published her first novel, “Rogue.” The 124-page book was published in April 2018.
She then wrote the book’s sequel, the second in a series she entitle “The Genesis Files,” in a single month over summer break. By November, the 180-page “Incognito” was published.
Both books can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu for $8 or $12. Ebooks are available for up to $3.
The series is inspired by her love for thrillers, including the Jason Bourne saga penned by Robert Ludlam. Nickles’ website describes the series like this: “This ongoing series follows teenage twins as they uncover the truth about their estranged family, the FBI project they own and operate and their vendetta-driven enemies who will stop at nothing to get revenge. With a nameless all and a mysterious girl gone rogue, the twins will learn their first lesson of espionage the hard way: trust no one.”
Here is a Plum senior reading from her book, “Rogue,” the first in a series she’s called The Genesis Files. She published the second in the series and is working on a third. Story on @TribLIVE soon. pic.twitter.com/AOTWb0kC2X
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Nickles had a book signing and release party for her first book in June 2018 at Plum High School’s library, where district staff and her classmates attended.
She plans to host talks on writing and publishing at the Plum Library in the next couple months – when she can find the time. Nickles, a full-time senior with plans to attend university, is writing the third installment now.
And according to her website, which she manages herself, she is working on another series entitled “Blue Valley Nights.”
Her mother, Kweilin Nickles, is proud of her daughter’s drive.
“And as a parent, I feel inspired by my daughter. It’s not often that you find a teenager that has the creative drive and the ambition to pursue their passion in the means that Bonnie has,” she said.
Bonnie’s parents do not work in the publishing industry, Kweilin Nickles said. She works in the health care industry and her husband works as a telecommunications engineer.
“She did that all herself. She researched the process of publishing,” Bonnie’s mother said. “She just has a relentless creative ambition. That whole process — yeah, I have no idea about any of that.”
She hopes her daughter continues to express her shy self through the arts, whether it be through writing or dancing, another extra curricular activity Bonnie partakes in.
The young author hopes to attend either Duquesne or Clarion universities, with a focus in English and professional writing.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .