By Kira Taylor @kirataylor15
Beginning with half hour coach journeys from my primary school to swimming, there’s always been times in my life for a story. Those particular coach journeys were filled with bizarre stories I made up about animals and their adventures, the only one I can remember being Milly the Monkey and the Magical Swamp, in which Milly the Monkey falls into the aforementioned Magical Swamp and grows massive.
Since then, I’d like to think my writing has improved. I started seriously writing when I was 12, dedicating hours every day to my keyboard. Due to health issues, I was forced to do part time school, but I found an amazing escape through writing. It was somewhere that I could express my emotions and create worlds I’d never dreamt of.
Writing has become a huge part of my life. There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think of a story, either committing it to paper or subtlety typing it into my phone at a family gathering. Alongside writing, I generally talk a lot about politics, books and turtles, which makes an interesting combination.
I’m in my second year of A-levels. I’m studying English literature, creative writing and sociology. I’m fascinated by history, particularly medieval, and have dipped my foot in the drama pool, being a fairy in Cinderella.
I love adventure books with a dash of romance thrown in. My favourite book would have to be Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott for its gorgeous portrayal of Japanese-style culture and intricate plot. Other favourites of mine include Eva Ibbotson (pretty much any one of her books), Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series, if I ever need a break from heavy texts.