INSPIRED by Shakespeare in English classes at school, Isabelle George wasted no time writing her own literary masterpiece and publishing it online as an e-book.
The youngster spent months penning her horse-themed Alibi and the Great Discovery – and with no help – only asking her mum to guide her in launching it on an online book store.
It has already gained five-star reviews from readers who enjoyed the 45-page book about the attempted sabotage of a horse race.
Isabelle, a Year 6 pupil at Meoncross School in Burnt House Lane, Stubbington, was 10 when she wrote the book last summer after being inspired when she and her class acted out Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Along with Shakespeare, it was her love of horses, and children’s author Stacy Gregg, who writes about the animals, that inspired her.
‘I got the computer out and whenever I had free time I was in the lounge writing while listening to music,’ Isabelle said.
‘I set out to write a whole book but I didn’t really think about that at the time while I was writing it.
‘The characters were quite easy – I based them on people I know, but the description side of things took quite a long time to think how I can make all the sentences better.’
She is now working on a sequel and has flooded her bedroom with plans as she hopes to write a series of five books.
But the young author is not after fame and fortune, instead donating half of the money raised from the book, which sells for £1.53 on Amazon, to charity.
The cash will go to the Riding for the Disabled Association, as Isabelle wants to give disabled people a chance to ride.
The horse-loving author rides every Saturday at Crofton Manor in Fareham and has been amazed that 20 people have shared her love of horses, both buying the book and writing five-star reviews.
‘It’s cool because I don’t know who they are,’ said Isabelle, who is now 11.
‘They obviously quite like it and think it’s quite good, rather than just because they know you and are putting a good review on.’
Proud mum Sarah, 40, of Chester Crescent in Lee-on-the-Solent said: ‘We’re all really proud of her – she’s done a good job. I only got involved with the online side because obviously as a parent you are concerned about that.’