Senior author publishes new book

Rafi Overton is a gifted young writer who goes to this school. He’s written and published three books and the most recent one, “Lifted,” was published in the summer of 2020.

Overton, a senior, has been creating stories since before he could write. One day, when he was four, he woke up and he was excited because he had remembered a dream for the first time, so he told his mom about it while she wrote it down. When he was done, she told him that it was a really interesting story and that he should start writing more.

Overton never considered what he was doing was unusual for people his age and he just wanted to tell stories.

“You know, it never really occurred to me that that was young to write a novel. I think I was perfectly aware that most novelists are adults, but I didn’t see why I should wait to be an adult because I had these stories that I really wanted to tell so I just decided to tell them by writing them down,” said Overton.

Overton continued to write stories until 2014 when he decided to publish his first book. The reason he decided to get it published was because he wanted people to hear his thoughts and not just have his books collect dust on his bookshelf.

“I guess one of the reasons I like writing in general is because it forces people to hear your thoughts and like it. Meaning that if you’re a good writer, people are going to read hundreds of pages of your thoughts,” he said. “So after reading this book, I didn’t want it to just sit there. I wanted people to hear my story. But specifically, my first book was about global warming… so I really wanted people to hear my message about how destructive global warming could be.”

Overton was so excited to get his book published and out to the public that he didn’t do enough research on publishing companies and ended up paying way too much.

“The first book I really wanted to get it done, so I didn’t do that much research and the publishing company charged $1,000 to publish it. They didn’t even edit it. They just put it on Amazon and that cost $1,000. But we’ve learned that that was an unreasonable price for self publishing and the second two books [which were published with CreateSpace] were completely free and it only cost them money to print it so there’s no reason for them to charge.”

Overton started writing “Lifted” in late 2015. It’s a sequel to his second book, “The Keeper of the Keys.”

When asked if Overton would rather quit school and just write books, he said he wouldn’t because he has other things in which he is interested.

“I actually have lots of other interests other than writing,” he said. “I’m really into science. I do science olympiad and I like being in it, so I wouldn’t want to give up those things, but I also like writing. They’re completely different and I like them for different reasons.”

11 thoughts on “Senior author publishes new book

  • November 23, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Beyond remarkable, Rafi! I can tell you’re going to do especially well at UCSD and on the university speech and debate team with your degree of dedication…

  • April 18, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    It’s so inspirational to witness the drive and ambitions of students right here at CVHS! Also, it’s really cool that he can merge his passion for science and writing/story-telling into a meaningful book concerning the environment.

  • April 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I went to middle school with Rafi and i remember when he published his first book. Mr. Love announced it to the whole class and everyone thought it was really cool. It’s nice to know Rafi is still writing and publishing books nowadays.

  • February 24, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    This is such an inspiring article! I admire the ambition at a young age because many assume that talent and success come with getting older which is definitely not true. I would love to read one of those books soon!

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Such a great story chasing your dreams so early. I am so glad you found a publishing company that was free after paying for the first time. Best of luck to you and I hope to be able to read one of them soon!

  • February 23, 2021 at 11:04 am

    I feel like Rafi is a very organized person who is determined to learn and improve himself. He looks like someone who will become a famous author later on in life.

  • February 23, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Such an amazing inspiration to our generation. Very interesting to learn about what motivated Rafi to delve into writing and storytelling.

  • February 22, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Wow! What an inspiring story and an amazing olympian article!

  • February 22, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    What a nice young man. I’m sure he’s gonna go far in life. Amazing article from !

  • February 22, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    That’s really impressive that Rafi has already published three books and started at such a young age too. I like that his first book was about global warming, it makes more people aware of the harm it causes.

  • February 21, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I really admire Rafi’s drive and ambition to succeed as an author, especially considering he was so young starting to write.

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