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Yukon student becomes eBook author

Yukon High School junior Luke Swanson recently completed a 250-page novel set during the Civil War.
by Matt Patterson Published: April 23, 2012

— Luke Swanson has a lot of positive qualities, but persistence may be among his best.

The Yukon High School junior recently completed “Liberty and Justice for All,” a 250-page book that is set during the Civil War. The story has been self-published on as an eBook.

While most kids his age dread writing even four- or five-page reports, Swanson's love of writing made creating the book a fun experience even if he didn't start out to write one.

“I've always loved reading and telling stories,” he said. “It was really a spur of the moment thing. It started out as a paragraph, and then a chapter, and then two chapters.”

Swanson, 16, did most of his writing immediately after school. He said he would think of ideas during the day and couldn't wait to get them written down. But writing wasn't always so easy.

“It was a bit tedious at times,” he said.

“I had to force myself to write sometimes. I could visualize point A and point B but drawing that line between them was a little difficult at times.”

Sole survivor

The book focuses on Joseph, a black soldier who was the sole survivor of an attack against his unit. Life moves on, and Joseph must find a way to move along with it despite being black in a mostly white world.

While he may not be a threat to J.K. Rowling in terms of book sales, the book has sold 45 copies at $2.99 each. He got the idea to publish it as an eBook from a friend who sent him an article from The New York Times about self publishing. Swanson emailed some eBook authors for tips and ideas.

“I got a lot of good ideas on how to stand out and I got a lot of encouragement,” he said.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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I'm not the most outgoing person, but I had something to say and I enjoyed the process a lot.”

Luke Swanson

Yukon High School student, author


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