Teenage singing sensation Tallia Storm has signed a two book deal with a children’s literary publisher for a five figure sum.
The 16-year-old from Killearn has had a real roller coaster year so far with her manager and mum, Tessa Hartmann, agreeing the exclusive rights with book publishers Scholastic.
Tallia said: “This has been an incredible year for me, from signing a global record deal in the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood to jamming on stage with one of my hero’s Nile Rodgers, and now signing this book deal. It’s all a bit surreal but absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to get started on this project –it’s a dream come true – even my wee brothers are freaked out with the thought of seeing their big sis’s book on the school shelves.”
David Maybury, commissioning editor of Scholastic UK, secured world wide rights to Tallia’s debut novel - a fictional tale based on the young singer’s own experiences.
He said: “I met Tallia at TedxTeen London last month and loved hearing her story – especially when delivered with Tallia’s iconic image and unique energy. She lives a roller coaster life: working on her debut album, singing all over the world and at the same time being a teenager, doing chores, talking to friends and going to school, just like anyone else. That’s the story she’s writing - a character living in two worlds, with all the fun, chaos, heart and music that comes from both places.”
Tallia has also signed a record deal with Virgin Records, in Los Angeles, and become the face of Californian fashion design brand Paul Frank.
Tallia’s mum and manager, Tessa Hartmann, said although the plot is fictionalised it is based on the young singer’s own experiences. She said: “It follows fictional heroine Storm Hall as she sets out in music, with the pitfalls and triumphs of being a teenager adding to the mix of excitement.”
Tallia’s life changed forever in 2012 after spontaneously leaving her demo CD with Sir Elton John’s partner, David Furnish, in a hotel restaurant. The young singer/songwriter was amazed when Sir Elton John called her within 24 hours and invited her to open his football stadium concert in Scotland. She was just 13- years-old.
In the two years that followed Tallia has performed across the world with her trademark big hair and quirky, fearless sense of style and sound.
Tallia’s debut novel will be published in the UK in September 2015.