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Young author publishes first novel

April 20, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Teenage years can be time of discovery.

Steven Fox has injected this phase of his life into his writing as he has published the book "Soulless Ending" at the age of just 18.

Fox is a senior at West Marshall High School and lives in State Center. He has previously written poetry and went into novel writing as he entered high school.

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Author Steven Fox holds a copy of his first novel “Soulless Ending.” Fox is a senior at West Marshall High School and writes under the pen name Blaine Blade.

"I like finding a way to express how I see the world through images," Fox said.

The self-published novel will be the first in a set of three known as the Eternal Flame Trilogy. It follows a 15-year-old who attends a party with girls who turn out to be mythological figures. This teen is looking to break away from his mundane life.

Fox has been inspired by his English teachers at West Marshall who have helped him in this process and provided positive feedback on his work. One teacher, Jamie Dee, helped him edit his work before school regularly and said he is a motivated writer with a big future ahead of him.

"I was so happy for him when he said he was going to publish his book," Dee said. "He is so deserving and I'm just so proud of him."

The positive feedback from family and friends has spurred him to continue to pound away at the keyboard for his second book, which is nearly half completed.

Fox said many people are surprised when they learn that he has written a novel at such a young age.

"They can't believe it," he said.

Fox writes under the pen name Blaine Blade, since he said Steven Fox seemed too common of a name.

After graduating from West Marshall this spring, Fox plans to attend Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. and study English.

The book is available for on or and there will also be a book signing event at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the West Marshall High School auditorium in State Center.



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