Her first book was called 'The Mystery of the Missing Banana and Stolen Diamond' and, by Carmen Allen's own admission, it needed work.
To be fair, she wasn't long in to her schooling years at the time, and her mystery novel was written on a few sheets of paper she'd stapled together.
She's not a schoolgirl any more, but that desire to write has never left her.
And in 2019 it resulted in her first published novel - 'Molly's Big Decision' - an illustrated book for seven to nine-year-olds.
"I still love reading, it's my number one way to relax," the Karuah mother of two said. "I enjoy reading action novels that have a brave hero."
Which is where Molly steps in. In Carmen's novel young Molly has one month to complete a secret mission at the invitation of the king.
To celebrate her first novel Carmen will hold a book launch party on Saturday, March 7 at 11am at East Maitland Public Library. This is a free family-friendly event.
Along with a book reading, there will be a game and activities for the kids. You can purchase a book at the launch and have it personally signed. Morning tea is included.
Readers can purchase a copy of the book from McDonalds Bookshop.
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