An 18-year-old has written ten books based on her life growing up in Racine

Written by Natalie Shepherd

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Milwaukee (WDJT) – Amanda Bellerbeck is a prolific, award-winning writer. She has written 10 books so far, and she is only 18 years old. The creative characters in her stories are mostly inspired by her life growing up in Racine. I sat down with CBS 58 to consider how its work has evolved over the past decade.

“This is Debetty Dodah and the missing smoker case,” Bellerbeck said, holding a copy of one of her books.

Debbie Worm is a special cat’s eye.

I asked, “What happened? Gouda stole! Skipper cried,” she read.

Debetty Dodah has been solving crimes for years on the pages of Bellerbeck’s books.

Debbie said the opposite. “I know who did that,” she said.

Each book is dedicated to real pets. In this case, her cat Debbie.

said the teen, showing examples of her illustrations.

Billerbeck started with simple hand-drawn letters in pencil and marker, and now she uses her tablet computer to create illustrations.

“It’s stylized just like the comics,” she said of her latest work.

Her latest book is a graphic novel. It’s called “Debbity Doodah and Jailbreak Status”. Billerbeck has come a long way since her first book, written in third grade.

“It’s also fun to look back and see how my art has evolved,” she said.

Teenage Racine started writing and drawing these books when she was eight years old.

“These are some of the first illustrations I’ve done,” she reviews her first book. “It was a story about a prince and a princess and a misunderstood spider.”

That story won first place in the Mary Jo Neachaim Literary Contest, which is sponsored by Delta Kappa Gamma, an association of female teachers.

“She came with her mum and dad and she was so excited. DKG’s Julie Trafton recalled about the first awards show.

Trafton Bellerbeck remembers it well.

“I just made the comment that it had a lot of energy, and I wished I could mobilize it,” Trafton said.

Soon, Trafton got a package and inside was a bottle of Amanda’s energy. I was touched by Amanda from the start.

“As an art teacher, I looked at the illustrations and thought, ‘It’s really a talent of a third grader who can draw like that, and as she gets older her drawings are extraordinary,'” Trafton said.

Trafton has watched Amanda’s growth, having written a book every year since then.

“It’s very unusual for her to have that focus and to keep it all the way up to 12th grade,” she said.

Ten books in all. One, even featuring a chicken named Bruce Wayne. Yes, inspired by the classic Batman movie she used to watch.

“He’s a pecking-dancing chicken, he wants to go to Broadway. He finds love,” Bellerbeck said with a smile.

This book has been published and is available on Amazon. A signed copy is also in her school’s library.

Some of her inspirations are somewhat unusual for a child – including Edgar Allen Poe.

She recalls his stories: “I kind of liked the dark, gritty atmosphere they had.”

Amanda heads to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to study graphic design in the fall, where she will undoubtedly continue to create. Her art is constantly evolving.

“I feel like graphic design is a great way for me to put these skills into practice,” she said.

She was also appointed an ambassador for the Delta Kappa Gamma chapter in Racine, and has maintained a relationship with the organization that helped her start it all.

“If she was thinking of something, I think she would,” Trafton said.

“I am able to do something I love, study it and then use it,” Billerbeck said.

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