Torrington teenager publishes his first novel, ‘Shattered’

TORRINGTON — In Tyler VanDeusen’s new book, “Shattered: Volume I,” Earth has been decimated by a giant meteor and, afterward, the remaining inhabitants must find a way to survive.

The site describes the story this way:

“Bel, a member of the Tripleblade tribe, had been sent on a quest to assassinate the leader of another tribe. Meanwhile, Hussim, a member of the Deathgrip Tribe, had been sent on a mission to gather secret information from the Glassfire Tribe. And Ralphine, a member of Deathgrip, was plotting to wipe out the Glassfire Tribe. … When all their paths cross, the unthinkable will happen.

“The idea turned into a book,” Tyler said. “It’s happening on Earth, in the United States,” he said. “I’m working on ‘Shattered: Volume II, and it’s an expansion of the story set in the United States and other countries.

Rob Carr, book editor and tutor, met Tyler after being contacted by the teenager’s stepmother Tricia. Tyler, who is homeschooled, is the eldest of five children, including Kinsey, 6, Joey, 3, Ellie, 6 months and newborn Matthew.

“We met in September 2021,” Carr said. “I was just going to teach him, work on his studies at home, but he was working on two books at the time and had more in the works.

“There was a treasure there,” he said. “I was quite impressed. So we started meeting, once a week. He is doing very well.

The book is available for $10.99. On September 18, Tyler will read and sign copies of “Shattered: Volume I” at 3 p.m. Howard’s Bookstore and Noelke Gallery, 25 Main Street.

“I heard about this young author and thought, what a great thing he is doing,” said John Noelke, owner of Howard’s Bookstore and Gallery. “We can’t wait to have him here.”

Tyler also writes a Christmas novel, “The Cookie Chronicles”, for young children. The story is based on his own cat, Cookie, a 17-pound, 12-year-old feline whose family inherited from a grandparent.

According, Cymrics are placid and easy-going, with a tendency to put on weight, requiring a strict diet. They love to play and “have a peculiar gait and look like bowling balls racing around the room”.

“Cookie likes wet food, and in the story she gets a box of it, but when she opens the box it’s empty and she gets mad,” Tyler said. “She’s a big cat. When we first got her, we tried everything to lose weight, but nothing works to keep her slim. Now we just give her wet food. She’s great .”

Tyler attended Vogel-Wetmore School, then moved to Southeastern Elementary School before starting Torrington Middle School in 2021. His parents, Tricia and Jason VanDeusen, decided to start at teach at home at that time. “We didn’t like the mask mandates,” he said.

As Tyler pursues his various book projects, his advice to other writers is to “start now.”

“If you wait, you might not have the motivation later,” he said.

For more information on Tyler’s book reading and signing, as well as other events at Howard’s, visit

Irene B. Bowles