OCU PSEO Student Publishes Book
Elizabeth Brown, a student in OCU's Post-Secondary/Dual Enrollment Program, the Trailblazer Academy, recently published her first book titled "The Wizard's Daughter". Elizabeth is 13 years old and lives in Georgia with her parents, three younger siblings, three cats, and three dogs. She attended public school until fourth grade and was then homeschooled. She skipped two grades and took the SAT and ACT tests at age 12, which allowed her to qualify to take online classes through the Trailblazer Academy. We recently interviewed Elizabeth:
Q: What made you decide to write a book?
A: I have always loved to write and always thought it would be interesting to write and publish my own book, so I did.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I have been writing since shortly after I learned to spell. I began developing the plot for my book when I was 11 years old, and it took another two years to complete the book, which I finished in June of 2013.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for "The Wizard's Daughter"?
A: I happened to be drawing one day and I drew a girl who had very long hair. I was trying to think of a name for her and suddenly the name "Meyxa" [the main character of the book] popped into my mind. I decided to write down how she looked, her personality, her background, and I found that it made a rather interesting story. I took the latter part of her life and composed three plots for three different novels about it. I am currently working on the second.
Q: What type of reader do you think would enjoy this book?
A: "The Wizard's Daughter" is a fantasy novel geared toward teens and young adults. I'm sure younger children with a high vocabulary will like it as well, especially if they like to read about people with mental powers.
Q: How many people have already read or purchased the book?
A: I have sold at least 48 copies so far. Several of my friends have read it and liked it, as well as several family members.
Q: What do you like best about the Trailblazer Academy, OCU's Post-Secondary/Dual Enrollment Program?
A: I like the fact that with the Trailblazer Academy I can get college credit before I finish high school. Most colleges don't let you do that. I intend to finish high school by the time I'm sixteen.
Elizabeth's future plans are to study veterinary medicine, specializng in genetics. She wants to research and find cures for genetic diseases in cats and other household pets. She plans to finish all of her non-laboratory classes through OCU's Trailblazer Academy to get a head start on her college education.
The Trailblazer Academy is now enrolling for the Spring Semester. The registration deadline is January 3rd, 2014. On campus classes start on January 8th and online classes start January 13th. Call 740-420-5932 to register today!