This story is the first of a group effort, written by a total of six final hands.
Out of the six writers-Sam, Ben, Toby, Nick, Becky, and Philippa, three are known dyslexics. However, this does not stop their passion. It does not stop their wild imagination, and fascinating knowledge that pours out on a Thursday night onto a small table, tucked between the English and Maths rooms of a small country high school. Nor does it stop them from dreaming throughout the week, or prevent them sharing startling new knowledge with their co-workers; opening a fascinating new world that many knew little about...
We all have a passion for writing. In fact, we've all been writing for most of our lives. I myself have achieved an A* in English language and Literature at A level, our co-author, Samantha, also achieving an A. She herself has also won poetry competitions within school, and I had my first poem published in a Young Writers Poetry Competition volume; Once Upon A Rhyme, when just eleven.
Of course, writing should be based on true life, and all it has to offer. For myself, I enjoy being part of St Mary's And St Chad's Bellringers, which certainly diversifies the characters I see. I also play an active part in St John Ambulance, a first aid group, which certainly helps when writing drama. We all enjoy being involved in life, and all authors are now in higher education at University or College level.
With regards to our novel, for each of us there was a role. Ben and Becky store between them a mine of knowledge on alternate worlds, and the dark and mysterious myths behind them. Sam has the film aspect; what has been seen before, and suggested ideas for when we got truly stuck. Nick was part of the original four-a rock in the after-school writing group. When he left for college, I rejoined as did Toby, aiding and assisting with ideas that blew each other away. We believe that many heads are better than one, and where better to put our knowledge than into writing for other young teens?
Writers and Authors from Years 10 and 11:
Samantha Bill (Y11)
Philippa Wheatley (Y11)
Nicholas Vaughan (Y11)
Rebekah Jones (Y10)
Benjamin Watkins (Y10)
Toby Collier (Y10)