AT JUST 13 India Campbell-Hall has already written and self-published her first book.
But the ambitious teenager from Fareham has already written the next four books in the series, billed as a cross between Beatrix Potter and Agatha Christie,
And she eventually hopes to complete 20 volumes in her Little Mulberry Chronicles, with the 60-page Little Brown Mouse, which she also illustrated, the first of the series.
The youngster said: ‘My mum is my inspiration. When she used to teach at Winchester, I would go with her at half-term and sit in on her classes. I was inspired by her lectures.
‘She said that through writing anything could happen in any place, you can live things you wouldn’t be able to do.’
Proud mum Devon Campbell-Hall is head of English at Solent University in Southampton but previously taught at the University of Winchester.
She said: ‘She just quietly sat in the back of the class and I didn’t realise how much she was taking in.
‘India has been creating stories since she could speak. She announced at four that she was destined to become an author, illustrator and actress.
‘She’s started her own publishing company, Off With the Fairies Press, to publish the book and she researched it and looked into it all herself. She blows my mind.
‘And she told us she would live in a cottage by the sea in Greece and that we would be living next door to raise her children – it’s a good thing we like Greek food.’
India, who goes to St Anne’s Catholic School, in Southampton, lists Jane Austen and Shakespeare as her favourite authors, but decided to write a detective mystery for younger children after seeing a gap in the market.
Devon, 45, said: ‘She got quite dispirited that books for that age group were either patronising or bloody and gory. There was nothing in between. Not everyone wants that sort of thing, so she thought she would write something softer. Her dad is more scientific and I think he hoped she would go in that direction, but India has grown up with books and that’s what she loves.’
And India added: ‘I’m hoping to write a lot more books and I want to experiment with a lot more styles.
‘But there are a lot of different things I want to do, I don’t want to limit myself to one thing.’
India will be signing books and giving a reading at Waterstone’s in the Fareham Shopping Centre from midday to 2pm today.