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Writing and reading is a passion of Hudson student

Katelyn Asmus recently wrote and published a book "The Adventure of Steven Archer." Her brother Steven, right, was the inspiration for the story line. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Local author Katelyn Asmus will be featured at the Hudson Area Library on April 13 from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Asmus, a sophomore at Hudson High School, will present a program about the writing and publication of her first book. A reception afterward will include refreshments and a book signing. The book, "The Adventure of Steven Archer," is a space adventure and is available on Amazon.

"I remember the very first book I created," said Asmus. "It was made out of printer paper folded in half and the story was about a time traveling mouse. It was only about six pages. I was four or five."

Asmus' fascination with the printed word started early when at the age of three she asked her mom if she could teach her how to read.

"I just love books and the written word," said Asmus.

"She always had an interest in books," said Katelyn's mom. "At 18 months she would know if a book was right side up and a short time later began to memorize the stories. Then she would pretend she was reading, turning the pages and reciting from memory the words on each page."

When her brother was nine, he asked if she would write a book for him that he would enjoy.

"I asked him what he thought he would like," said Asmus. "He wanted a space adventure mystery with a plot where kids would have to save their dad. He was very particular about how he wanted the aliens to look. He was more excited about this that I was."

The result of the collaboration with her brother Steven is an adventure, 82 pages long with ten chapters.

"Each chapter is about five pages," said Asmus. "It is appropriate for upper elementary age children."

Steven's teacher at Trinity Academy read it to his class and it the class deemed it a success.

"I plan to make this book the first of a trilogy," said Asmus, who has volunteered at the Hudson Area Library for three years.

"I started as an excuse to spend more time there," said Asmus. "Being there is one of those peaceful moments. You see the books you have read and ones that you are interested in." She is passionate about reading a good book.

"Long term I want to write on the side," said Asmus. "My goal is to earn a master's degree in occupational therapy. It has a special appeal to me. I have an interest in helping those with special needs."

You may meet Katelyn Asmus on Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the Hudson Area Library, 700 First St. She will have a limited number of books available for sale.