Joni Di Placido interviews Charlotte Leonetti, a high school senior who wrote and self-published her YA novel Heartshire High. Her novel is a modern-day retelling of Alice In Wonderland and Charlotte describes it as a book for teens, by a teen. What’s it like to publish a debut novel while a senior in high school?

  • Charlotte explains how she started writing at such a young age and what books have influenced her
  • How she managed to juggle writing and publishing her novel with being a full-time student
  • How she wove themes and motifs from the classic Alice in Wonderland into a story set in an American high school
  • How long it took to write the novel and the writing process
  • How Charlotte taught herself about the process of self-publishing—including marketing, editing and designing her cover—along the way.



Charlotte Leonetti is a high school senior in Chicago, IL. Born in the UK to a French family, she’s used to making her home wherever she lands. Charlotte loves reading YA novels, poetry, and literary fiction, and reviews these categories for Sassy Peach Book Blog. Her first novel, Heartshire High, is a present-day, modern-mystery twist on Alice in Wonderland, which went to #3 on Amazon’s “Being a Teen” Teen and Ya New Releases Ebook list. You can read the first chapter at CharlotteLeonettiWrites.com. When she’s not reading, writing, or applying to college, Charlotte loves to travel and spend time with her family.