Scottsdale college freshman signs 2-book deal, writes from dorm room


Aden Polydoros with his dog, Chai. (submitted photo)

Aden Polydoros isn’t your average college freshman. While most new students focus on studying for midterms and making new friends, he just signed a two-book deal with a New York publishing company.

The Northern Arizona University freshman and Scottsdale native writes books from his dorm room, but his passion for writing began when he was in high school.

In fact, Mr. Polydoros wrote the book that secured him the publishing deal during his senior year and shopped it around independently to publishers the summer after he graduated. Soon after, Entangled Publishing contacted Mr. Polydoros with an offer of a two-book deal, the second he has yet to write.

Mr. Polydoros’ novel that caught the publisher’s attention is tentatively titled Pandora from the Clay. It’s a psychological thriller that follows a brainwashed teenager retracing his steps through his past crimes to discover the boy he once was. It is slated for release in June 2017.

When Mr. Polydoros was in high school, he switched from public school to Insight Academy of Arizona, an online, public school with a flexible schedule that allowed him to focus on his writing.

“If I had stayed in public school, I wouldn’t have had the time or motivation to work on my writing,” says Mr. Polydoros. “By studying online, I was able to manage my time better so that I could work on my stories without exhausting myself.”

Aden Polydoros

Aden Polydoros

Mr. Polydoros cultivated his passion writing vivid short stories, one after the other. He won several awards, including a Gold Medal in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for his short story “The Prisoner’s Orchestra.”

One of his teachers — Jacob Blair, English teacher at ISAZ — coached him and urged him to take the leap from writing short stories to writing a novel.

“At one point, I never would have thought that I could finish my novel, let alone get a book deal,” Mr. Polydoros said. “One person who was really invaluable in the process was Mr. Blair. He was the one who told me that my writing was good enough to be published and that I should try starting a novel.”

As Mr. Blair recalls, Mr. Polydoros had the talent and creativity he needed to successfully write a novel – he just needed a little more confidence.

“It was clear to me that Aden had a wonderful gift for writing, and I wanted to make sure that I did everything I could to help Aden realize his potential,” said Mr. Blair.

With Mr. Blair’s encouragement, Mr. Polydoros finished his novel before graduation.

In addition to his book deal, he now has an agent who is shopping around another one of his books, a young adult suspense novel about a family on a religious commune and the lead pastor’s increasingly disturbing behavior.

But never one to relax in the face of success, Mr. Polydoros has doubled down on his writing, continuing to produce vivid and suspenseful tales from his dorm room at Northern Arizona University.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Nipert is a communications specialist for SE2, a public relations firm focused on educational issues.

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