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Penning Dreams to Paper: 9 year-old becomes youngest published author

ByAlexia McKay

Apr 25, 2016

At the age of 8, Anaya Lee Willabus made history by becoming the youngest person ever to publish a chapter book in the United States.  Now at 9, she’s launched a full-time writing career.  The Brooklyn-native started putting pencil to paper at the age of 2.

Her first book, “The Day Mohan Found his Confidence”, is an empowering  story of a little boy who  is faced with challenges at school and home, but with the help of his friends and family, he ultimately learns he can do anything.

In an interview with PIX 11, when asked about her book, she says the accomplishment was amazing. “It’s just so inspirational, not only for me but for younger kids and that’s good.”
The young novelist isn’t just limited to children’s books as well. One of her favorite books happens to be “Dreams from My Father” by President Barack Obama.

When she grows up, Willabus says wants to change the world by becoming a teacher and continue her career as a author.

Could we be looking at a future Pullitzer Prize winner? Only time will tell but Willabus is defiantly a Royal Girl!

Alexia McKay

A working journalist, entrepreneur and founder of RoyalTee Enterprises. Born and raised in Tampa, Fla. The vision of RoyalTee was inspired in 2015 by Alexia’s ambitions to return to her passion for creative writing and publishing and create a platform to showcase the excellence of minority women across the country through professional, personal and social ventures.