Hannah Rials

Author Hannah Rials (at podium) discusses her work and creative writing with members of Heritage High School's book club during a workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 15. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Members of Heritage High School's book club were treated to a cool opportunity Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, when young adult author Hannah Rials held a creative writing workshop in the school's Media Center.

The workshop gave book club members and other students the opportunity to not only discuss Rials' young adult book, "Ascension," but also get writing tips from an author only a few years older than them.

Rials, who began writing the novel when she was 12, is currently an Honors College student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where she studies creative writing and also started a creative writing club.

"I started writing it when I was 12, and then my book was published when I was 20, so it developed and grew with me," Rials explained.

The novel revolves around the journey of teen vampire Cheyenne and her love, Eli, as they encounter mystery, betrayal, and intrigue in historic New Orleans.

"We were excited to hear more about how she (Rials) got started at a young age, and worked hard to write this book," said Rhonda Sixto, Heritage's media center specialist.

Sixto, who started the book club a few years ago, says the school usually has a few authors visit the school each year to discuss their work and help students become better writers.

During the workshop, Rials fielded questions, gave tips on the writing process, and encouraged students to have fun with their imaginations.

"It's a book...you can do whatever you want," Rials said.

More information about Rials and her work can be found at her website, www.hannaherials.com.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.