Dartmouth Academy Principal Nick Hindmarsh said former Dartmouth student Abbie Gibbs is an inspiration to other students after her amazing book deal.
Abbie started writing her Vampire novel The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire when she was a GCSE student at Dartmouth Community College. Using the online writing community Wattpad, she posted chapters online as she wrote them and found thousands of dedicated followers – and more than 16 million page views.
Her story quickly got her noticed and she has now signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins, one of the UK’s powerhouse publishers. Although an eBook edition is already available, the novel is published traditionally in paperback on October 11.
It’s been a good year for Abbie and her Brixham-based family: as well as being published Abbie aced her A-Levels at Churston, got into Oxford on their English Literature course and her brother Ben – a student at Dartmouth Academy – has also done very well in his GCSEs, and will study A-levels at Dartmouth too.
Dartmouth Academy principal Nick Hindmarsh said: “We are all so delighted for Abbie – she has done so much in her young life, and everyone who taught her here knew she was destined for great things! She is living proof of what we tell all our pupils and students: you can achieve anything if you work hard and remain focussed.
“Abbie’s achievements are absolutely exceptional – she should be very proud of herself and she is an inspiration for others that follow her.
“We would love to invite Abbie back to Dartmouth to talk to the students about her success – although we know how busy she is going to be this year!”