Teen's first book lifts lid on drugs, depression, sexuality
"IT'S about feeling alright with not being okay."
That's how budding Coast author Samuel James Osmond describes his first book, titled 'I'm Going To Lose Some Friends Over This'.
The 19-year-old university student grew up in Noosa Waters and is currently studying a bachelor of business and creative writing.
Covering everything from teenage angst, depression, mental health, sexuality, dabbling in drugs and more, Osmond is taking a brutally honest approach to story telling, in a bid to help others who may be going through what he has.
"I just wanted to write a book so I did," he said.
"I've always felt kind of different."
He said he was a confident kid, but while mates were off surfing, he was the one with dyed black hair listening to heavy music.
"It's a look into people who can be feeling that way," Mr Osmond said.
"Really I've written it for me five years ago.
"It's something I wish I could've had."
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While many struggle through different feelings and struggles of adolescence, Mr Osmond took to penning his feelings of being unfulfilled on paper, and he said the feedback so far was that his approach had helped others.
"It's a very isolated journey," he said, referring to the book as an 'introverted extrovert's tales of feeling excluded, exposed and glorious'.
"I don't feel like we're out of the woods, I don't think we ever are."
He accepted he was a naive, 19-year-old kid, but on the other hand, has always been told he's an old soul, and feels like he's got his head on his shoulders.
At least he hopes so.
"I question myself throughout," he said, hoping others would too.
The book is self-published and on sale now, and Mr Osmond hopes it will springboard him into a career in film, television, music and writing, having already spent time as a film student.
From drug taking, meeting people he shouldn't have and getting caught nude in an elevator, Mr Osmond said the book delves from dark, to light, and most shades in between.
Surprisingly, his parents were able to read the book objectively, and are proud of the work he's done.
Now based in Brisbane for university, Mr Osmond hoped his first foray as an author will set him on the path of his idols, the likes of Joe Rogan, a comedian, podcast host and UFC commentator and Chris Jericho, former WWE wrestler turned actor, author and podcaster.
"It's funny at times, it's dark at times. It can be depressing but I tend to look at it as uplifting," Mr Osmond said.
"It's alright to feel s***."