Toon teen writer shortlisted for award

Estelle Maskame signs her novel Did I Mention I Love You
Estelle Maskame signs her novel Did I Mention I Love You

A Toon teenage writer has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for her young adult trilogy she started penning at just 13-years-old.

Estelle Maskame is one of five finalists in the Young Adult Romantic Novel award category at the 2016 Romantic Novel Awards.

Estelle said: “I’m honoured to be shortlisted for the Romance Novel of the Year Award in the Young Adult category.

“It proves that young writers are just as capable as anyone when it comes to writing romance, and I can’t wait to attend the award ceremony in London.”

The Peterhead teenager has been nominated for her Did I Mention I Love You trilogy which she started writing online as a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

Publishing her writing online Estelle soon gathered a massive following via social media as her books became internet sensations.

The young writer then signed her first book deal with Black & White Publishing to turn her online series into a printed trilogy.

A spokesperson for Black & White Publishing said: “Black & White Publishing is absolutely delighted that Estelle Maskame has been shortlisted for a Romantic Novelist’s Association (RNA) award in the Young Adult category for her debut novel ‘Did I Mention I Love You?’, which is the first title in her DIMILY trilogy.

“It is fantastic that this teen author has had such prestigious recognition for her incredible writing talent, especially at such an early point of her career.”

The 2016 RNA Awards will be presented by Fern Britton at a ceremony in London on March 7.