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Teenager from Great Cornard overwhelmed after first fantasy fiction book is published




In the midst of his A-level studies, Adam Outerbridge decided he wanted to get his ideas for a fantasy story down on paper. One year later, his ambitions have been realised.

The 17-year-old, of Jacobs Close in Great Cornard, described feeling overwhelmed after his first book was published through Lavenham Press, inspired by the fantasy fiction he grew up reading, such as The Lord of the Rings and Warhammer.

Having written the story in the space of a couple of months while a student at Hedingham School, where he is currently in Year 13, Adam said his drive to complete the book had come in part from the determination he has built up over his life dealing with dyspraxia – a physical condition which affects motor co-ordination.

A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874123)
A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874123)

“It felt quite overwhelming when it got published,” he told the Free Press. “It was a sudden realisation of what I had actually done.

“I have always loved using my imagination and having ideas, but I struggled to get them out. Writing has been the best way for me to do that.

“In terms of writing the book, it (dyspraxia) wasn’t really a factor, but having to grow up with it and deal with it, I found I needed to have more determination.

A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874155)
A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874155)

“I was very determined to get the book done, so I think that really drove me on.

“What I hope this represents is that just because you have a condition that can constantly seem like a hindrance, it doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you want.”

Although the book has only been seen by close friends and family so far, Adam explained that, through word of mouth and social media, he is hoping to spread enough awareness to be able to release it more widely for others to read.

A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874152)
A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874152)

He also wants to continue writing and has plans for further books in the future, stating this first project, called The Defenders of Aphalas – Liberation of Destinal, is the opening part of a wider fantasy story.

But he said he did not see his career path beyond as a full-time author, and that writing would be remain as a side venture going forward.

Adam added: “The people who knew I was writing a book were very helpful and supportive. When I ran into problems, they could provide different perspectives.

A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874149)
A-level student Adam Outerbridge, of Great Cornard, has had his first novel published at the age of 17 called The Defenders of Aphalas - Liberation of Destinal..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (18874149)

“I’m in the final year of my A-levels and, afterwards, I plan on travelling, but I’m still deciding on what career path I want to take.”


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