Literary career dawns for teen
A STUDENT from Mount Wise is bidding for literary fame with her first novel about to be published.
Emma-Louise Stephens, 19, is studying English Literature at City College Plymouth and hopes to go on to university.
But her studies could be overtaken by her blossoming career as an author.
Her first book, 'Dawn Island', is being released by Clarence Publishing before Christmas.
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The first book in a double trilogy, it tells the story of Darla Stone, a sarcastic yet shy 17 year-old who finds that there is much more to her nuclear-family life than she could ever have imagined when she discovers that she has the power to control the elements.
Her destiny is to become a powerful force in a long-raging war between the Night Worshippers and the Soldiers of the Light.
Darla must emigrate and ruthlessly train in a magical world known as Dawn Island, where romance awaits.
Emma-Louise, who writes as Emma-Louise Marriott, said: "Darla doesn't see herself as a super-heroine.
"She was given an elixir as a baby to enable her to fight the Night Worshippers, and strange things happen when she discovers her telekinetic powers."
Emma-Louise says she doesn't identify with Darla, except for their taste in music – both love 'old school' rock like Guns 'N Roses and Joan Jet, while the young author admits she can't write without music playing in the background.
Her studio is a tiny bedroom in her family home in Mount Wise.
Emma-Louise said: "I love Oscar Wilde and there are many writers I admire, but I have no particular inspiration.
"I have cerebral palsy, but that just makes me more determined to prove to myself that I won't let disability stop me.
"This is what I want to do with my life; I love telling stories and want people to read what I've written and think about it."
Emma-Louise hatched the idea for 'Dawn Island' when she was 16, but began drafting it only a year ago.
Now she is halfway through the second book in the first trilogy.
To find out more about Emma-Louise and 'Dawn Island', visit www.facebook.com/DawnIslandbook or www.clarence-publishing.co.uk .