17-Year-Old does it All

High School Senior Takes College Classes, Runs Own Business, and Has Two Published Books

Megan Hildebrand

Staff Reporter

While most kids his age are worried about getting into college, Alex Martin is already taking college courses at McDaniel, has published two books, and has his own paranormal activity business.

Martin, a senior at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, PA, is enrolled in dual enrollment in order to obtain college credit. So far he has taken Introduction to Astronomy, Calculus 1 and Introduction to Psychology. After graduating from high school Martin will attend Dusquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Martin has published two books and is currently writing his third. The science fiction novels are a part of a four part “Shadows Cycle” series. The first novel, Shadows, took Martin about eight months to write, but it was not as easy as he thought.

“I started writing back in June of 2004; however, I gave up the same day I started, but when I found the papers 1.5 years later in December 2005, I continued writing,” says Martin.

In order to get his book published Martin looked through “Writer’s Market,” a service that allows writers to connect with literary agents, but eventually Martin used a website that allows writers to self-publish their books.

Martin is currently working on his third book of the Shadows Cycle, but with the success of his previous two books Martin is looking for another publisher.

“I was surprised to find out that he was seventeen, and he had published not one but two books,” says classmate Heather Gorsuch, ’10.

Along with his writing career Martin also has his own paranormal activity investigation company. This company uses special equipment to investigate whether there is paranormal activity or not.

For more information about Alex Martin’s novels please visit www.theshadowscycle.webs.com . To find out more about OPS Paranormal Investigations please visit www.opsparanormal.webs.com .