Darch teen Raathi Chota’s online novel gets print run

Raathi Chota (Darch).  Photo: Martin Kennealey
Raathi Chota (Darch). Photo: Martin Kennealey

A DARCH teen’s online success has led to her debut novel being published in print as a trilogy.

Raathi Chota (17) wrote Caught by the Bad Boys when she was 14 after receiving her first laptop.

The book attracted 11 million views and more than 48,000 votes from around the world on online platform, Wattpad.

Limitless Publishing has published the first part of the novel as part of a trilogy, with book one available on Amazon as an e-book and paperback.

It will release the second book, Flawed, tomorrow and the third later in the year.

The Muslim student writes young adult general fiction, packing her stories with thriller, mystery and romance themes.

“I kept reading the same plot over again, so I decided to write something different,” the Year 12 Ashdale Secondary College student said.

“It feels amazing to have so many readers who like my stories and leave comments that my words have changed their life or made them think differently.

“That’s what I want to do, to inspire young people to live in hope, to follow their dreams and to let them know that they are not alone when experiencing tough times.

“I love the whole process, researching ideas, thinking of scenes and plot lines and of course writing.”

Having found her gift for story-telling, Chota has garnered a legion of loyal followers with her thrilling stories and relatable characters.

She is currently writing the sequel to Caught by the Bad Boys called Lights Out Boys on Wattpad and additional chapters on Inkitt which have gained popularity to trend on their website.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Chota’s family moved to Australia in 2015.

For more information, visit raathichota.wixsite.com/blog .