Landon Booth, a junior at Grundy County High School, recently published his first book, “All Smiles.” Landon says the idea for the novel grew from a short story he wrote during the summer of 2014.
“The story of how the book came about is very interesting,” says Landon. “I originally wrote a short story and posted a narration of the story of YouTube. When school started back in the fall, parents and students saw the narration as a threat, and complained to the school and the police.”
“It was obviously fiction,” says Landon. “But I put up a disclaimer for the narration on YouTube to make sure everyone knew it was fiction.”
In “All Smiles,” the main character is a misunderstood teenage boy. His little brother has committed suicide, his biological father is psychotic, and his stepfather is an alcoholic. On the first day of high school, he meets a beautiful girl, a girl he considers perfect. They become friends, but after a period of time, the girl begins to ignore him. This adds stress to his already rough life, and he reaches a point where he cannot take it anymore.
Committing a horrible action, the main character leaves his hometown, but later returns to discover that the people he loves do not return his affection. What happens next is something readers can find out by purchasing “All Smiles” at Create Space and Amazon for $13.99.
Landon hopes to continue writing, and enjoys working on an animated video series with a friend. He says his inspirations are Tim Burton and Stephen King, among others. “One of my main inspirations in publishing ‘All Smiles’ has been Dathan Auerbach, the author of ‘Pen Pal.’ He has given me advise on self-publishing a book.”