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Local teen publishes four books, more on the way in 2020

A Colleton County youth pre-teen has already published four books in her young life, and she has more three more that could come out in 2020.
Niobiah Yates, 13, is a student at Colleton County Middle School. She already has four published books on her resume.
The first book she wrote was “Surviving the Wilderness.” Then at age 10, Niobiah wrote about a man who ate in a hotel. When he awoke, he was locked in a trunk of a car and had to fight his way out of the wilderness.
The second book – “The Closet Monster,” – was written when she was 10 years old.
The third book – The Brave Boy – was written when she was 12 years old. It is about a boy whose crush on a girl leads him to make brave decisions to convince her to like him back.
Her fourth book, “4266 Lane,” was just completed, while she was 13 years old.
The Walterboro teen writes about horror and suspense to young writers, a genre that she says is unique.
She said she gets her inspiration from her mother’s love of Stephen King books. “My family also enjoys scary movies,” she said.
Each of her four books has been published through a combination of Lulu Publishing Co. and Martina Publishing. Martina Publishing will also be publishing her upcoming books, with an anticipated 2020 release date. The family also reached out to Colleton County Children’s Librarian Shiela Keaise, who helped them contact a publishing company.
The illustrations in her books have been done by several people, including Niobiah’s cousin, Taylor Young.
Niobiah’s father said he first noticed her talent for writing when he watched her fold pieces of paper together and turn them into books. “I used to see her in the living room on Saturday mornings, take actual clear paper, and fold it together and then write and draw. They were everywhere, all over the house. I took a few with me to work, and read them, and realized her talent,” said Kenneth Yates. Kenneth is a professional truck driver.
Both he and his wife, Kenequa Yates, say they are proud of their daughter’s writing ability. They have also helped to push her career forward. “I look forward to the movies coming out,” said Kenequa, who said she believes her daughter’s books will become movies one day.
“I’m excited about my daughter’s future,” she said.
The entire family even has T-Shirts that they wear. The T-Shirts say, “Ask Me About My Book.”
“They are very supportive of me,” said Niobiah. “My friends think it’s cool, too. It’s exciting.”
All of Niobiah’s published books are now available for purchase on Amazon. She said she would use the money from her book sales to save for the future and to continue to launch her writing career.

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