18 year old launches first romance novel

18 year old Jadyn Patrilita Petirama Ualesi reads from her novel during the book signing at SSAB this morning

BY Gerwin Joseph Polu

APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 15 JANUARY 2016: She is only 18 years old and her first book, Fear of Love reflects the division in her feelings as a teenager.

Born and raised in Samoa, Jadyn Patrilita Petirama Ualesi is the daughter of Tauiliili JR Ualesi and Silia Kilepoa Ualesi of Tufuiopa.

Jadyn went to the Manumalo Preschool, Peace Chapel, Fa’atuatua College, the Institute of Technology and is currently doing Business Studies and Computing Technology with WelTech in Wellington, New Zealand.

Fear of Love’ is the first to be published of 3 books she has written and the other two will be published later in the year as a sequel to ‘Fear to Love’. One of her writings titled ‘Broken Tears’ is set aside from publication as she is still thinking whether she should publish, due to her close and personal connection to its contents.

Being her first publication, ‘Fear of Love’ is a romance novel which shares some of her personal experience and others. Jadyn explains how it is of a young girl who is confused in her love life and feelings that left her divided in relations with her family and self. She wrote the book in 3 months, which is impressive to some ‘bookworms’.

“Jadyn has been entering our Short story competitions since she was primary years and has also been publishing Poems for the Samoa Observer,” says Bronwyn Hunt-Keil, Education Manager for SSAB that has been conducting these competitions during their annual ‘Literacy Week’ that focuses on encouraging children to read and write more.

Silia Ualesi (mother), Bronwyn Hunt-Keil (Education Manager, SSAB), the author Jadyn Ualesi and her father Tauiliili Ualesi.

Silia Ualesi (mother), Bronwyn Hunt-Keil (Education Manager, SSAB), the author Jadyn Ualesi and her father Tauiliili Ualesi.

“SSAB will always look for and support local talent,” says Fiti Leung Wai, Managing Director of SSAB. SSAB have also held book signings for another local female talent Leilani Wendt.

“Keep pursuing writing to express yourself and have God to help you in time of need,” advises Jadyn to whoever may be thinking of writing as a career.

She is currently writing as a form of expressing herself and is yet to decide whether to pursue it as a career.

‘Fear of Love’ is now on sale at SSAB bookstores.