SEVEN years of hard work have culminated in a special needs teacher from Stretton having her first book published.
The teacher and author, SR Levine, will see her book, Worlds Apart, released later this month.
The book is written with youngsters aged seven to 15 in mind to enjoy.
Ms Levine said: "I first had the idea of writing the book when I was just a teenager myself.
"Enid Blyton was a huge inspiration, I just loved adventure stories.
"I actually began writing the book in my 20s but had to stop, as it was impossible to find the time to continue while I worked and raised a family.
"Seven years ago I was able to start to write again, often in school holidays when I had time away from work."
Ms Levine was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to Britain when she was 18. She is married with two children and has lived in Stretton for the duration of her time in the UK.
"I would often read extracts of my book to my youngest daughter. Every time I read my daughter would ask, what happens next? This would help to inspire me to go and write the next chapter," Ms Levine said.
The story focuses on a girl named Anna, who uncovers a long-forgotten mystery which leads to a quest travelling across to a magical world.
The publishers, Pegasus, have said the book will be available at the end of September provisionally.
Ms Levine is already starting work on a possible sequel to Worlds Apart.
Keep up to date with her work via Twitter @SRLevine_author