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  • Wyatt Anthony wrote a book about his evil alter ego, Ryatt. To learn more, stop by Curmudgeon Books at Marley Station Mall on March 24 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
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    Wyatt Anthony wrote a book about his evil alter ego, Ryatt. To learn more, stop by Curmudgeon Books at Marley Station Mall on March 24 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Young Pasadena Author To Meet Readers At Curmudgeon Books Event

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March 20, 2018

Wyatt Anthony just turned 9 years old and he has already published his first book. Titled “Ryatt is Coming,” the short thriller for children was published last year. On Saturday, March 24, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the author will appear at Curmudgeon Books at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie for a meet-and-greet and book signing.

Wyatt wrote “Ryatt is Coming” last spring. “The biggest inspiration for the book was that on my birthday last year when I turned 8, my grandparents gave me a typewriter,” he recalled. “My cousin and I were playing with it, and we started a story. The next day I worked on it again.”

Wyatt continued to write until he finished the book late in the school year. “Ryatt is my alter ego,” Wyatt explained. “He’s the evil version of me.”

The story is told in chapters and its main characters are Wyatt, his 11-year-old cousin, Jimmy, and the evil Ryatt. One night, there is a knock at Wyatt’s door — it is Ryatt, there to cause trouble and inspire fear. He kidnaps Wyatt’s parents, and the young cousins set out on an adventure to rescue them. The kids’ adventures include driving to Ocean City, running to Virginia, escaping jail and taking a boat ride to Brazil.

The boys bravely face the villain, and the book delivers a happy ending, as well as a cliffhanger: “Will the boys have what it takes to save the world?”

Wyatt plans to write a sequel, but for now, he is working on an entirely different story, a book called “Legend of the Mimblix” about a fictional, extinct evolution of humans. His typewriter is broken, so he is using a computer this time. That is good news to Wyatt’s dad, Nick, who helped edit and submit a draft of “Ryatt is Coming” for publication. The book was printed by 48HrBooks under Wyatt’s own label “Everything Books.”

Nick helped Wyatt refine “Ryatt is Coming” by reviewing the text and helping Wyatt use a thesaurus to make different word choices.

When he is not writing, Wyatt is an active student at Monarch Academy. He loves school and is expected to make President’s Honor Roll. His favorite subject is art. “I like drawing and painting,” Wyatt noted, also sharing that he wants to be an author when he grows up. His favorite author is J. K. Rowling. He has seen all of the Harry Potter movies and is currently reading “The Sorcerer’s Stone.”

BMX biking, basketball, piano lessons, and flute keep Wyatt busy. He is hoping to earn his taekwondo black belt later this year. He also writes and draws his own line of comics. An avid YouTuber, Wyatt posts regularly on his “Mr. Everything” channel.

Copies of “Ryatt is Coming” will be available for purchase at the Curmudgeon Books event. It is described as an enjoyable read for anyone, but especially kids from 5 to 12. There is no fee for the signing, and Wyatt will have some cool giveaways for his fans (while supplies last).

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