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Peter Facinelli thinks he can top Twilight

Does starring in a series of Young Adult films qualify you to become a YA author? It turns out the answer may be yes. Twilight‘s Peter Facinelli decided to give it a shot and he is finally ready to release his very first YA novel.

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The novel, After the Red Rain, was written by Facinelli, Hollywood producer, Rob DeFranco, and New York Times best-selling YA writer, Barry Lyga, according to E! News. Just like the most popular YA books, the novel takes place in a dystopian future world “destroyed by environmental disasters and mass poverty.”

Facinelli may be 40 years old, but he knows a thing or two about the genre. He starred as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight films, which gave him the confidence to think he could write a Young Adult book.

“I gained a real respect for the YA genre during my time with the Twilight series,” Facinelli told E! News. “I’m excited to offer my own take, and a story I have had the opportunity to co-create.”

Facinelli was also married to another teen star (but not while she was a teen) — he and ex-wife, Jennie Garth, have three children together. His children may be closer in age to his audience, but he seems to know how to write to them.

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After the Red Rain follows a boy named Rose with superhuman powers who learns he may be the only hope for the human race. The book will be released in August 2015.

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