November just seems to be his lucky month.
For Josiah William English, 18, everything happens in November. "November" is the title of his first book, the middle name of his main character, the month he signed his contract with Tate Publishing, the month his book was released and, above all, his birthday is in November.
"November" is a contemporary novel that encompasses the trials and tribulations of life as a recent college graduate and struggling writer.
Predominantly a love story, it is a tale of friendships, challenges and difficult choices.
English says he contacted the publisher directly, and the company has contracted the rights to his manuscript and will issue quarterly royalty checks based on sales. English, who does not have a literary agent, said the book is available "print on demand"at online sites and in major book stores.
The project began as something very personal, said English, who wrote the book in July 2008. Originally it began as something semi-autobiographical.
"The experiences in the book are things I have been through in some way, the same emotional type of situations," he said.
English and his friends are the basis of the main and central characters. Set in a small fictional town in Scotland, "November" takes on a dark and gritty feel.
"I've always been a very extreme person, emotionally," he said. "I always feel things at high frequencies."
In the past, English wrote fantasy stories. It involved more thinking and planning about how things would work, he explained.
But with "November," it was different.
"I had everything I needed," said English, who wrote "November" in a month.
"I lived in the world that I was writing about," he added.
As a child, English was always interested in stories. When he was 9 years old, he wrote his first short story about Afghanistan. It was during 9/11 and Afghanistan was all over the news, he explained.
At 12, English wrote historical fiction set in the Middle Ages about a war between Persia and England.
Two years later, he wrote his first full-length fantasy novel of approximately 175,000 words and later wrote a sequel.
He plans to make it a five-part series and is still working on it.
English was home-schooled throughout elementary, middle and high school. This gave him the opportunity to concentrate on his writing.
"Sometimes I'd be writing five to six hours a day, which is something I couldn't do in a traditional school setting," said English. "History is everything to me. I've always loved dates and memorizing and learning them."
"I'm not a very socially active person," said English. "Most of my friends are online, and I have a very big extended family."
His inspiration comes from his girlfriend, Elizabeth Wallace, and uncle, Bill English.
"(Wallace) was one of the first people to read the book, and she gave me some feedback," said English. "(Uncle Bill) critiques some of the stuff I've done. He's a good writer, and he's the one who took me to England the first time."
English plans to attend the University of Wales Lampeter and study Medieval Studies in September 2010.
English lives with seven younger siblings in Concord. His older brother, Isaiah, attends Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga.