Franklin Middle student Caroline Maltsev publishes debut novel


Franklin Middle School Grade 8 student Caroline Maltsev has hobbies like any other 13 year old.  She loves Krav Maga, the Israeli form of self defense, reading a good book, and more than anything, she loves to write.

She recently published her debut novel, "Howling for Flame." The novel is the story of three young friends who embark on a journey to find pieces of a magical stone that will turn one of them back to human after a bad encounter with a witch. 

"There's adventure and a bit of magic and fantasy. If you like books where loyalties are really strong, and friendship is really treasured, you'll like the book," Caroline said. 

She wrote the story over a six-month period two years ago and is already thinking of additional volumes. She says that the toughest parts of the writing process were overcoming bouts of writers block and editing her initial draft.
Still, writing is something she loves. 


"I like to make stuff up. I want to be able to bring readers into another world. Those are the kinds of books I know I like to read," she said.

Her own imagination helped Caroline fill pages, but she said reading favorite authors helped her perfect her craft. A particular favorite is the Harry Potter series.

"There's a lot of magic, sorcery, and tiny little details that fit together. I love everything about it," she said, adding that those were qualities she hopes made their way into her own book.

Caroline will be signing copies of her book Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at the Pikesville Barnes and Noble. Copies are also available from digital and online outlets.

Story and photos submitted by Jeff Flynn, library media specialist, Franklin Middle School.
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