Creative student inspired by grandfather pens first novel
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A sixth-form student inspired by her grandfather who read poetry to her as a child has penned her first book.
Lauren Vinn, who studies at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, has published ‘He Was The Sun’, a short story of a boy who learns to view life through an extraordinary lens from a girl who desires ‘normal’.
“There are reoccurrences through the story such as sunsets, which I was inspired to include within it; me and my dad love a sunset, so this was a motivating factor,” Lauren said.
The story follows the path of a boy and girl meeting weeks before their 18th birthday, made more important by a decision that could change their lives, while exploring the themes of love, friendship and grief.
While Lauren, who studies A-Level English, has written the words, her younger brother Jamie has also helped by provided the cover illustrations.
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“I started writing the story at the start of the first lockdown and took me around four months,” she said.
“I had so much time on my hands and I wanted to be productive with it – sometimes it’s difficult to start a piece of writing, so this felt like an ideal opportunity to do so because it didn’t interfere with schoolwork.”
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Lauren’s love of literature and creative writing also includes poetry, and has written a poem for a relative’s wedding as well as a piece on Covid-19.
The 18-year-old will be studying an English and writing course at university, and with a strong response to her latest work, she hopes to overcome confidence issues and progress with her chosen career.
“I loved creative writing from as early as primary school – it was always my favourite thing to do in school,” Lauren added.
“I have a lot of plans for future books and creative pieces, and I want to explore other genres and story lines which I am very excited about.
“I hope to be involved in the creative writing world beyond university – writing and publishing is what I hope to do as a career.”
Lauren, whose mother, friends and teachers have read her book, is looking to offer her book to a wider audience. To help Lauren and for more information, email email@example.com.