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Caz High School senior publishes debut novel

Delanie Spangler, left, and Morgan Croft sit in Common Grounds on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a book signing for their debut novel, "Caged Birds." The two friends came up with the characters and plot line together and Spangler did the writing.

Delanie Spangler, left, and Morgan Croft sit in Common Grounds on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a book signing for their debut novel, "Caged Birds." The two friends came up with the characters and plot line together and Spangler did the writing. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— In addition to Christie Brenneck, the novel is dedicated to Laine Gilmore, Spangler’s piano instructor. Explaining why she chose this dedication, Spangler said, “They’ve helped me the most. I used to be really shy and I would write and draw and do music but I wouldn’t show anyone. These two really got me out there and helped me get an audience.”

Spangler’s latest plans for the novel include another round of editing with the help of Brenneck and her mother. Editing is the hardest part of the writing process, according to Spangler. Soon, Spangler hopes to make the book available as an ebook through Amazon.com.

In the meantime, Spangler is working on a sequel to “Caged Birds” as well as a third, unrelated book. In terms of her writing habits, Spangler said “I’m trying to be more structured with that. I try to work on it as much as I can. Whenever I’m not writing essays for school or college I am working on the books.”

Delanie Spangler’s 244 page novel “Caged Birds” can be purchased for $10 at the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce, the Brae Loch Inn and Mueller Martial Arts in Cazenovia.

Terence Hartnett is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. He can be reached through the editor at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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