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Published: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 7:46:32 AM

18-year-old M'sian writer releases sci-fi adventure novel in Canada

MALAYSIAN-born Shirin Segran has written a 450-page science-fiction adventure novel entitled Aegis Rising.

The book was launched in Port Moody, Canada recently by its mayor Mike Clay.

Shirin, 18, who has been staying in Canada for about 10 years, was in Malaysia on a short holiday and took the opportunity to promote her book.

She said the novel was about the adventures of five school friends who were separated from their families by a freak storm during a boat trip.

“They were washed away on an island and the story begins there.

“The island has talking animals,” she said, adding that Aegis Rising is available for purchase on Amazon.

On the title, Shirin said “Aegis” was a Greek word for the shield used by the god Zeus.

Her penchant for writing additional chapters for every storybook she read, led her to pen a novel.

“I feel sad when a story comes to an end and would pick off from there.

“I took three years to produce this book,’’ she said, adding that her parents as well as teachers and friends had been very supportive.

The book is available in bookstores in Canada and she is in talks with a Malaysian publisher and book distributor to market the novel locally.

Shirin intends to donate a portion of the royalties received from sales of the book to charity through the Aegis League, which is a non-profit organisation she launched together with her book in November last year.

The teenager, who hopes to pursue her studies in entrepreneurship, set up Aegis League to offer microcredit loans to youth from developing countries.

“I want to help them set up small businesses as I know even a small amount can make a big difference,’’ she said.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Community, Central Region, Northern Region, Southern & Eastern Region, East Malaysia, Books, Women, AEGIS RISING NOVEL

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