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Waterloo college student publishes first book

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The book Exposed is now available online, and it's written by 2011 Waterloo West High graduate Ashley Shelton.

"I never imagined it'd be a book, so actually holding it and having it out there is exciting and also terrifying," said Ashley Shelton.

Exposed is from the perspective of a father who discovers his son is a werewolf.

"He's accused, the son, of murder, so they have to find out who the real killer is and make sure he doesn't kill anyone else," said Shelton.

It took the 20-year-old two years to write the book.

"Well, I read a lot of books so I just thought I'll try writing one," said Shelton.

When it was written, Ashley Shelton emailed her manuscript to several publishers and it got picked up by Strategic Book Publishing.

"Everybody I know has said they liked it. So that's good," said Shelton.

Ashley Shelton is currently writing the sequel to Exposed. Both books focus on the supernatural and are geared toward young adults.

Besides being an author at 20, there's something else unique about Ashley. She was born weighing just more than one pound.

"I was the first baby to ever have doctors take cartilage from my ear and put it in my lung so I could breathe better," she said.

She spent seven months in the hospital and has a paralyzed vocal chord, but other than that, she has no major side effects from her premature birth.

Two decades ago she proved she's a fighter, and now she's proving she's also a talented writer.

Ashley is currently a student at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. Her goal is to have a career in writing.

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