Lafayette Graduate Becomes a Published Author

Published 04/02 2012 05:50PM

Updated 04/02 2012 09:56PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Brian Reynolds was once just a student at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph who loved reading and writing.

After a project that's been three years in the making, you can now buy his published book, "The Six Year War."

"The more I can write, the more I get to realize my own dreams and the more I can reach different audiences," said Brian Reynolds.

It was in high school that Reynolds became interested in the children of war.

His book, a fiction novel, takes you into the life of a child soldier in Africa where they are used as war weapons.

"It's a real thing, it has happened and hopefully, maybe we can start waking up and taking some responsibility," said Reynolds.

Reynolds brought his message back to Lafayette High School students.

He went into detail about his trip to Somalia where he was shot, beaten and almost left for dead.

It wasn't hard to get the attention of students as they listened to him talk about his experiences in Africa.

"I saw depravity, I saw poverty, I saw chaos, fighting, constant combat and really, fear," said Reynolds.

Though he had already began research for his book, it was the few days he spent in Somalia and what he witnessed that helped bring the story together.

"I wanted to figure out a way I could do something about it in the only way I knew how. Which was writing, I mean that's what I was good at," said Reynolds.

Reynolds' experience in Somalia was like none other.

He continues to write and has already started on a second book.

Click here to buy his book.

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