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A Dream Come True: Writing Major Kody Keplinger '13 Publicizes Her New Novel

Written by Nicole Ogrysko

Kody Keplinger, a sophomore writing major, discusses her book, The DUFF, at a book reading and signing on October 21 at Barnes & Noble.

Few college students can say they spend their nights “on tour,” but Ithaca College writing major Kody Keplinger '13 can. Keplinger has spent her sophomore year in and out of Ithaca promoting The DUFF, her novel for young adults, in New York City and Chicago schools and literary conferences.

Now that she is back on South Hill, Keplinger shared The DUFF with the Ithaca community at the local Barnes & Noble on October 21st. After reading a short selection from her novel, she answered questions from the audience.

Although Keplinger is legally blind, she didn’t let her vision impairment stop her from sharing an excerpt from her novel. She memorized several pages, which she said were chosen to showcase the main character’s personality. After the reading, Keplinger talked about her writing and the process of auctioning her manuscript to publishers, which at only four and a half months was a surprisingly short one. As she wrote her novel, Keplinger said she focused on developing her characters and especially grew attached to the characters in the “love/hate relationship” in the book.

Friends of Keplinger came to cheer her on, while a few Barnes & Noble customers came to listen and buy The DUFF. Keplinger later signed copies of the book for her audience.

Looking for a great read? Check out Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF



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