Alice Oseman is an award-winning English author, screenwriter, and illustrator. She is known for writing young adult fiction such as Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, Loveless, and Solitaire. Her YA (Young Adult Fiction) novels have been nominated for the YA Book Prize, the Inky Awards, the Goodreads Choice Awards, and the Carnegie Medal.
She, however, gained worldwide attention as the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper. Alice is also the creator, writer, and executive producer for the television adaptation of Heartstopper on Netflix.
Learn more about Oseman’s personal and professional life, including age, networth, books, etc.
How Old Is Alice Oseman? Early Life And Family
Alice Oseman was born Alice May Oseman on 16 October 1994 in Chatham, Kent, England. Currently, she is 27-years-old.
She and her younger brother William Oseman grew up near Rochester, a town in Kent, England and attended Rochester Grammar School. Later, Alice attended Durham University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2016.
She started writing novels at the age of seventeen, and by the time, Oseman was nineteen, her first novel, Solitaire, was published.
Alice Oseman: Creator Of Books Solitaire, Radio Silence And Heartstopper
Alice Oseman writes young adult fiction, and her first novel was Solitaire. HarperCollins published her book in 2014, which followed a story of a pessimistic teenager Tori Spring and explored themes such as mental health, friendship, eating disorders and LGBT+ relationships.
During a Q&A session, Alice revealed how they managed to write a novel at nineteen. They stated:
“I wrote my first book while I was at school, mostly during the summer holiday but also in evenings after school. I was able to do most of my coursework and homework during school hours and I also just didn’t do a lot of homework (if they weren’t going to check it, I didn’t do it!), which left me lots of time to do the things I actually enjoyed at home.”
The writer continued:
“Writing brought me such joy and peace that I genuinely loved doing it and looked forward to it every single day. I didn’t feel any pressure to write something amazing or write something that loads of people were going to read, like I feel now. I wasn’t involved in any online writing communities – I wasn’t even on Twitter – meaning I didn’t ever compare myself to other writers. It just made me happy, so I did it!”
After the success of Solitaire, Oseman published two ebook novellas based on characters from Solitaire, titled Nick and Charlie (July 2015) and This Winter (November 2015).
Later, Alice published her second novel Radio Silence in 2016. The story follows Frances Janvier, a high-achiever dealing with academic pressures and falling in love. The writer admitted that the story was loosely based on her experience of school pressure and her education at Durham University.
The novel was praised for representing various ethnicities, genders and sexualities. Oseman won the 2017 Silver Inky Award for young adult literature for Radio Silence.
Alice Oseman’s third novel, I Was Born For This, was released in 2018. The book tells the story of a band called The Ark and their fandom. It deals with how being a part of fandom and extreme craziness can sometimes lead to losing one’s own identity.
Afterward, in 2020, the writer published Loveless, which is based on her own experiences in university. Alice describes Loveless as:
“Loveless is the story of Georgia Warr, an eighteen-year-old girl just starting her first year at Durham University. She’s romance-obsessed, loves fanfiction and weddings and happily-ever-afters, but she’s never been in love herself… or even had a crush. Upon arriving at university, she decides that she’s going to finally fall in love and find the one – everyone does, right? But instead, she ends up embarking on a journey of sexuality, and over the course of the story comes to discover and accept her identity as aromantic asexual.”
Alice Oseman is probably most known for her webcomic Heartstopper. It follows the story of two teenage boys, Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson, characters featured in Solitaire. Volume one was published in October 2018, volume two in July 2019, volume three in February 2020 and volume four in May 2021.
The book deals with LGBTQ+ romance, mental health, and bullying. It became a huge phenomenon among teenagers, and its success made the book into a television series on Netflix. The television show, Heartstopper was made under See-Saw Films, and Alice was asked to write the show as well.
“They asked if I wanted to try writing the show,” recalls Oseman. “I’d never written a screenplay before, so I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll try. But if it doesn’t work out, that’s fine. But I did and they really liked it, so I ended up writing the entire show.”
She is an interview revealed:
“They did the scene that leads up to the first kiss,” they recall. “We knew already that they were both really talented actors, but we had to know if the dynamic would work, if there was chemistry, and if they could carry the romance of Nick and Charlie. And they smashed it. It was just like Nick and Charlie had come to life in front of me.”
The show released on Netflix on 22 April 2022 was ranked number seven on Netflix’s Top 10 TV English titles in its first week. It also received a “Certified Fresh” 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Both books and shows were praised for their light-hearted, positive yet sensitive way of dealing with gay romances.
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Alice Oseman?
Author, screenwriter, and illustrator Alice Oseman is worth $2 million as of May 2022. Her primary income source is her novels and comics. A traditionally published writer gets 10%-12% royalties per book as per the sources. Self-published royalty rates are closer to 40% – 60% per book but only after reducing publishing costs.
Some of Oseman’s books and their prices are:
|Heartstopper: Volume One||£10.99|
|Heartstopper: Volume Two||£10.99|
|Heartstopper: Volume Three||£10.99|
|Heartstopper: Volume Four||£10.99|
|The Heartstopper Coloring Book||£7.99|
|Nick and Charlie||£7.99|
|I Was Born for This||£7.99|
|Alice Oseman-Four Books Collection Box||£31.96|
|The Heartstopper Yearbook||£12.99|
Alice’s book The Heartstopper Yearbook is releasing on October 13, 2022.
Personal Life: Alice Oseman Is Aromantic Asexual
Alice Oseman is an aromantic asexual, which means she is not attracted to any gender romantically or sexually. The writer revealed her sexuality while promoting her novel Loveless which is loosely based on her life.
“One of the reasons I wanted to write Loveless was because although I’d read several books that featured aro and ace characters, the feelings and experiences in those books weren’t things I could particularly relate to. The aro and ace spectrums are so vast, people can have all sorts of different experiences and feelings about things like s**, romance, and intimacy. So I decided to write a book that reflected my own experiences and feelings about being aro-ace.”
Alice also revealed that not understanding her sexuality has caused her much pain. All of her friends were either having crushes or falling in love, but she was far away from those feelings. It took a lot for her to realize and accept how different she was from others.
“It’s okay to feel conflicted and confused about your identity, and it’s okay to take time in working it out. I struggled a lot when I was younger because all the asexuals I saw online were so sure of who they were – so happy and confident and proud! And the fact that I didn’t (yet) feel like that made me feel even worse about it all.”
“I think most people can understand that people who are gay, bi, and pan have a time in their lives where they’re confused and unsure about their identity while they’re figuring things out, and maybe having to unpack some internalised self-hate. I wanted to let asexuals and aromantics know that it’s very understandable to feel those things too – coming to terms with being asexual and/or aromantic can also be hard!”