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Making a project of publishing a first novel

MICAELA LUQUE self-published a novel, “Who We Are,” as part of her senior project. The novel is available on amazon.com.

MICAELA LUQUE self-published a novel, “Who We Are,” as part of her senior project. The novel is available on amazon.com.

Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune Education Editor

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Locals in search of summer reading need look no further than 18-year-old Micaela Luque’s coming-of-age novel, currently for sale on amazon.com. Luque self-published her first novel, “Who We Are,” as part of her senior project.

The book is just over 200 pages long, and it retails on amazon.com for $11.69, of which Luque receives around 40 percent. Copies are printed to order but are shipped the next day. Luque learned about Amazon’s independent publishing option from a classmate. Through this innovative free new service, anyone can upload their writing via a word document, upload a cover image and author biography, and photograph and have their work published, in print and available immediately.

Luque has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She has taken classes with local writing instructor Kate Williams since she was a middle-school student at Sonoma Charter School. Williams, one of her earliest fans says, “Micaela is a very rare bird. In a pop-culture lousy with look-at-me grandstanders, Micaela keeps her head down and just follows through. Quietly. Doggedly. Her coming-of-age debut novel gives Salinger’s a run (swear to God!), told in stylish prose by an unforgettable narrator. She’s got the drive and potential to break big in a real way, and when she does, I predict she’ll stay sweet.”

Next year, Luque is headed to Sonoma State University, where she plans on majoring in English.

You can purchase and review Luque’s book at amazon.com, or mark your calendars to attend her book signing and reading at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St.