This is the student who has signed a two-book deal with a US publisher at the age of just 21.
History and Theology graduate Gabrielle McMaster overcame bullying, a car crash and bereavement to pen her debut novel which goes on sale this week.
"It still doesn't seem real, looking at the ARC (Advanced Readers' Copy) I still can't believe it's coming out this week. It just seems so surreal," she told Sunday Life.
"I started writing this book in January 2018 and then my granny passed away in April so I gave up writing at that stage but in that summer I decided I wanted to write again."
The Killyleagh woman began writing at age eight but was bullied at secondary school for her passion for fiction.
"A lot of my writing centres on mental health and bullying, I was bullied at 15 for writing and I stopped writing for four years," she explained.
"When it's something you really aspire to do it's a bit off-putting but I didn't let it stop me. All my teachers and friends were so supportive to just keep going, and to be honest without the teachers supporting me I probably wouldn't be in the situation I am.
"I had a car crash in 2017 and I decided that I wanted to write a novel. I wanted to write under a pen name because it was daunting after the bullying to write under my real name."
But her family convinced her to publish Not Always Blu Skyes under her own name which was then picked up by Zenith Publishing in New Jersey.
"This novel was inspired by travelling but I also wanted to write a book that dealt with first love, coming of age and not being defined by the mistakes of your past," said Gabrielle.
"She's making her choice to go to university and she is not really sure she wants to but the pressure of her parents to get into Oxford, she's really feeling that.
"It explores that and everything that comes with the final years at high school."
Gabrielle - who has been accepted for a Master's degree in History at Queen's University Belfast - is prolific, finishing her first two novels over the course of a summer.
"I try to get as much done as I can and aim for 2,500 words a day to try to get a book done in about a month," she said.
"I wrote a completely different novel, I finished it and edited it in two months, which was quite quick. Then I decided I wanted to finish off Not Always Blu Skyes so I completed it a month after that.
"So, essentially I finished two books in summer 2018 and those were the two that got the publishing deal."
Her main inspirations are Jane Austen and children's author Michael Morpurgo, who she adored growing up.
"I love Jane Austen but the person who really inspired me to get writing was Michael Morpurgo. I wanted to write a book like his which are so emotive and impactful," she explained.
Gabrielle's second book, Twist in the Wind, will be published in May next year and she is currently halfway through her third novel. She can't say much about it at this stage but hopes it will attract an agent to help promote her work with publishers.
Not Always Blu Skyes by Gabrielle McMaster is available to pre-order on Kindle via Amazon. Price £4.82. The paperback edition goes on sale May 20.