16-year-old celebrates publishing first novelBy Jon Nurse
September 11, 2012
A budding young author has published her first novel that she wrote as she studied her GCSEs.
Vimbai Gore-Strachan, of Shinfield, started writing her fantasy adventure Skyriders when she was in Year 10 at Reading’s Kendrick School and is now thrilled to see it on sale in high street book stores.
The 16-year-old also celebrated achieving an outstanding eight A*s and three As in her GCSEs this summer.
She said: “I’ve loved writing since I was a young child and always dreamed of being a published author – I just didn’t think it would happen this quickly.
“My dad often asks me to write short stories in the summer holidays and when this idea came together my parents said I should try to get it published.
“I’ve tried writing stories before but I lose interest after a while.
“My parents were very involved this time and when I was lacking a bit of enthusiasm they would keep pushing me. It was so helpful and I really want to thank them.”
Vimbai started writing the teen novel back in March last year, aged 15, and finished it that September.
Since then she has been on a publishing adventure, editing the book through different stages and sending it between publishers.
She said: “It’s taken a year and it’s been hard work. Quite a few of my friends have read it and they’ve been really encouraging about it.
“A few adults have read it and really liked it too, so it’s good for lots of ages.”
The teenager, who was born in Zimbabwe and moved to England with her family when she was two, loves reading a wide variety of books from different genres and has a passion for science fantasy novels.
“Skyriders is about a boy called Kai whose mother has died,” she explained. “It turns out she is from an island hidden deep within the skies and he goes there to find it’s under threat from dragons.”
Vimbai will stay at Kendrick School to study biology, chemistry, physics and English literature A-level and plans to study veterinary science at university.
She said: “I definitely want to keep writing but I’m going into Year 12 and I want to concentrate on my studies.”
Skyriders is available from high street bookstores, including Waterstones and WH Smith, and online at www.vimbaigs.com.