Ferrari Adventure: Aidan Gormley (8) revs ahead in publishing world with first book deal
He's just eight years old – but already a published author and racing ahead to a promising writing career.
Meet Aidan Gormley from Omagh who is in pole position to take the publishing world by storm after his first book – Ferrari Adventure – hit the shops at the weekend.
The young writer and illustrator, a pupil at Holy Family Primary School in Co Tyrone, counts Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl among his favourite authors.
Aidan told the Belfast Telegraph that he hopes one day to emulate their success – if professional race car driving or being signed to play football for Barcelona does not work out. His new book tells the story of a young car fanatic called Johnny on a day of adventure.
It was written and illustrated by the schoolboy, with design work by Limavady artist Gary Boyd. "Johnny's favourite hobby is playing with fast cars," Aidan said.
The book was launched at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on Saturday and the young author was also hard at work signing copies at the Fine and Dandy Market in the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast on Sunday. As part of his promotional duties, Aidan – a fan of Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, drums and piano – was delighted to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
"I got into a Ferrari at the launch," Aidan said. "It was class – I got to rev it."
Aidan can count Education Minister John O'Dowd among his fans, along with family, friends from school and now the members of the public snapping up his first book. "My friends have said about me being the first person from Holy Family to have a book published and my teacher said well done," Aidan explained.
Last night Aidan's father Mark said he, wife Pauline and their three other children were very proud of his success so far.
"Aidan's strong point is his determination. He has his head set on something and he'll torture us until he gets it or does it himself."
Shauna Dunlop from Emain Publications also praised Aidan's efforts. "Aidan is truly inspirational and I'm sure local families and other aspiring young authors will truly delight in Ferrari Adventure," she said.
Ferrari Adventure (£6.99) is available from Waterstones, Amazon and Carlisle bookshop in Omagh
Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, the Italian sports car manufacturer's prancing horse logo has graced some of the most luxurious – and expensive – cars ever seen.
As well as the famous red supercars like the Testarossa and Enzo – named after the founder – the company has the only team to have competed in the Formula One World Championship continuously since its inception in 1950.