By the book

By the book

Destiny (left) and Sarah Pierce went from being avid readers to published authors.(Picture by Ricardo Leacock.)

Sun, July 29, 2012, 11:13 AM

By: Natasha Beckles

From a young age the Pierce sisters developed a love for reading and were captivated by the Nancy Drew mystery series.

While this can be said of generations of children, Destiny and Sarah took a step further and just last month became published authors in their own right.

In fact, when the younger sibling Destiny ran out of books to devour, she started to write.

The end result for her is Kathy Mapp Mystery Stories: Chasing Millions Volume 1 in which a married couple has ten days to pay off the mortgage on their mansion before the bank forecloses.

However, a gang of thieves steals the goods they were planning to sell in order to pay off their debt.

This is when 18-year-old heroine Kathy Mapp steps in to help them find the items before time runs out.

Destiny, who is “14 going 15 in October”, said writing the book was a difficult process.

“It was hard. I wrote it over three times. It took about four weeks, five weeks . . . . I’m not sure but it took a while,” she said.

She conceded that reading does not appeal to many of her peers.

“If I put up on BBM [BlackBerry Messenger] that I’m reading a book, people would text me asking me why I’m reading, that they don’t like to read and they like to watch TV. I don’t think there are enough readers,” Destiny said.

Although she does not want to make writing a career, the Alleyne School fourth former is already in the process of writing Volume 2 in the series.

Asked if studying English language and literature at school had helped in penning the book, she said: “To me, English is easy but I think it is just from doing a lot of reading that I understand how to set out a book.”

Meanwhile, her elder sister Sarah, who is “15 going 16 in a few weeks”, is the author of God Knows Best: Still Standing – a collection of two short stories where the characters learn that despite how unfair life may seem sometimes, God is always there to help and He always knows best.

The Juvenile Murderer tells the story of a teenage girl who, after years of being molested by her father, finds herself suicidal, resentful and orphaned just days before her 14th birthday.

However, she later works through her negative emotions and comes to a point where she is “completely healed by God”.

Meanwhile, The Stranger In Black is about how eight-year-old friends Omar and Susan had their friendship come to a tragic end after “a strange, dark man came to town”.

For Sarah, an aspiring doctor who also attends Alleyne, her love for reading began in first grade when she was going to school in the United States.

“The teachers made us write short stories and I guess I continued writing from there,” she said, noting that she likes to write about real life events.

She was encouraged to publish her work by her cousin Lisa Lambert, who is also an author.

Sarah said she had received positive responses to her work so far.

“My friends, they freak out [saying], ‘Oh, you wrote a book. I’m talking to a writer!’ and I would laugh and stuff because at first I didn’t see it to be that big of a deal.

“Adults usually buy the book because they see that I’m young,” she added.

Destiny urged young people who are not too interested in reading to look for books on subjects that already interest them.

Meanwhile, Sarah advised aspiring authors to get the advice of an adult before they take such a big step.

“They could ask their friends too but sometimes your friends say, ‘Oh, it sounds good’ because they’re your friends; but if you ask adults, they give you an honest opinion,” she said.

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