She isn't old enough to vote or even get her driver's license, but a Stone County girl has just published her fourth novel in three years. Sylver Belle Garcia's latest book is called "ABC Please Save Me." It's a sequel to one of her earlier books called "Deaths Little Angels."
Sylver says she was born to be a writer. At just 14 years old, she is already a seasoned author. But in between writing about zombies and witches, Sylver is just your typical middle school student.
"When I was younger I had imaginary friends that I used to play with being the only child," said Sylver. "And with these imaginary friends, I used to come back and write about them. That kind of jump started about me writing my books."
At the age of 11, Sylver published her first book "The Lost Magic City". It was a book she started writing when she was eight. She has released two other novels since then, "Sunsetters" and "Death's Little Angels". She said her readers shouldn't get too attached to her characters.
"Sometimes it's kind of hard to kill off your favorite characters in a book. It sometimes takes a wear down on the reader too," Sylver said. "But then it's really interesting. It provides more suspense to the story."
Sylver loves coming up with new ideas for her stories.
"A lot of people really did like "Death's Little Angels". Just kept asking me, 'Sylver, are you going to write the second book to "Death's Little Angels"? It was really interesting.'"
"I thought about it. I'm going to give the readers what they want. I'm going to write a second book to "Death's Little Angels" but this will be a little twist to it," Sylver said. "Before when I was in second grade, third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade, I would write in a lot of run on sentences. As I became more advanced, my writing progressed to be more articulate for the reader to understand. My characters did mature."
She said the key to becoming a better writer is to be an avid reader.
"Sometimes I see how the other authors composed their texts in line, and I think maybe if I do it this way then it might all flow together like this author composed their piece as well," Sylver said.
Writing isn't her only love. She enjoys cheerleading, playing the piano, and collecting unusual rocks.
"Sometimes I have to just like set time restraints on some things. Like cheer for 30 minutes. Write for 30 minutes. Studying for 30 minutes as well. It's basically time management that I have to do."
A lot of what Sylver is doing now is promoting her books, which she says is hard work. She keeps going because of a great support system of family and friends.
"My teachers. They really pushed me as well. My mother. My father. They're mainly motivation to me as well," said Sylver.
Her goal is to make a life long career of writing. She has advice for other young people.
"Don't be afraid to conquer your dreams and conquer what you have in mind because age is not a limit. You just have to go for it and take the next step," said Sylver. "Because if you can't take another step, how will you progress?"
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