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AN author has taken inspiration from Huddersfield and Calderdale in her latest book.

Lee Mundy, known in the literary world as LM Steel, has set her teen thriller, Once Upon A Set Of Wheels, in iconic locations from Huddersfield to Ogden Water and the wild moorland of the Pennines.

It follows on from her previous book, Judged By Your Peer, which was based in the Brighouse, Huddersfield, Halifax and Hebden Bridge area.

Lee, 30, a former Huddersfield University student who works in forensic analytical science, said: "I've been writing stories since I was seven, but I was 18 before I started writing properly.

"I began writing this book about four years ago and because it's such a long story I split it into two books.

"I tried to get it published but got rejected from publishers and put it away.

"I did feel downhearted." She hadn't thought about self-publishing, but a friend suggested it and Lee began to explore the idea.

The success of e-readers has allowed many artists like Lee to publish their work and build up and audience.

It's just been published and is already being read by booklovers via Amazon kindle and other e-Readers.

Lee, who now lives in Southampton, explained: "It was about a year ago I picked it up and re-wrote the first chapter.

"The rest just flowed from there."

Once Upon A Set Of Wheels tells the story of a girl abandoned in a car at Ogden Water.

Police find her and name her Lotus, and the book is a fictional autobiography of Lotus' life in foster care, her experience of abuse and her unruly teenage years.

"The character came from my earlier writing," Lee added.

"This might sound a little sad but I loved Star Trek and they've never had a teenage female character, so I wrote characters and this is one I've adapted.

"It's a bit of a modern day Oliver Twist though."

Lee hopes the online success will help her get a publishing deal as she writes more in the future.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2013
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