A YOUNG author is raising awareness about cyber bullying through her new book.
Lauriane Povey, from Billingham wrote Veil of Anonymity, which has just been published, when she was just 14.
The fictional novel, which is Lauriane’s second book, highlights the impact of online bullying on young people.
It is set in a school and follows the story of an anonymous bully who targets his peers with text and online messages.
Lauriane, who is now 18, completed the novel in just four months.
She said: “Lots of books about bullying are written from the victim’s perspective and there aren’t many about cyber bullying.
“I wanted to write something a bit different and that’s where I got the idea to write it from the bully’s point of view.
“Bullying is never acceptable so I tried to imagine what would cause someone to become a bully and what they may be thinking.
“I was writing two other books at the time but got hooked on the story and the characters and really enjoyed developing the story.”
Her new book has won Lauriane praise from council chiefs for raising awareness about an important issue.
Leader of Stockton Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “Bullying of all types can affect young people, their peers and families so it’s important for people to understand the consequences and effects it can have not only on the victims but those around them.
“I am certain Lauriane’s book will raise awareness about cyber bullying and help others.
“I would like to congratulate her on her fantastic achievements and wish her the very best of luck with her next book.”
Lauriane attends Bede College and will study International Relations at Durham University in September.
She is currently writing her fourth book, a sequel to her debut novel Living A Nightmare.
Lauriane’s books are available through Amazon.