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Sophomore becomes published author

By April Lewis

Whitney Horn, a sophomore studying English and creative writing, wrote and published her first novel before the age of 20 — an achievement some wait a lifetime to accomplish.

Horn wrote her novel, No Right Answers, as a senior project in high school. She then finished it during her freshman year at K-State, and it was published this September by Rowe Publishing out of Stockton, Kansas.

The fictional story involves a group of volunteer students stranded on an island in the South Pacific. The main character, Asta, must get help from an island native while the group is being tormented by the wicked owner of the island.

“Getting accepted so quickly was a surreal experience,” Horn said. “Some people spend 20 years with a finished manuscript and no publisher willing to publish. It was amazing that I got an acceptance so quickly, and I feel very fortunate to see my hard work pay off.”

As a Putnam Scholar, Horn is able to pursue professional, academic and extra-curricular activities while only working between 10 and 20 hours at Moore Hall each week.

“The donors who made my scholarship possible are not only investing in my future, but in the future of society as a whole,” Horn said. “The donations and support donors lend me will positively influence my life and allow me to positively influence others.”

After graduating, Horn hopes to become a professional writer.

“I am blessed to have the K-State community support me in my pursuits in writing and in life,” Horn said. “I love hearing stories, and I hope I am able to share stories as a career for the rest of my life.”

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