Aim is the first of two books telling a story through the eyes of a young girl - Zara, a contained twelve-year-old brought up by her TV and dismissive Father - who discovers she is destined to walk amongst the Greek Gods, using her own unique attributes to change the Kingdom for the better...or the worse. Unaware of her heritage and who she truly is, she must push those curiosities behind her to realise who she must become to solve the problems she has caused…
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All About Skye
My name is Skye Lotus. I'm fourteen years old, but my writing journey began when I was seven years old - around Grade One. I wrote a short, one-hundred word story for Heidi Victoria, the Member for Bayswater District. I was recognised in this competition and handed an award for my entry, which encouraged me to take my writing further than a single page.
When I was nine, I started writing a series of books under the series title "Starry Wings". At the time I was reading a range of books from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Cowlfer to Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, all which had their share of magic and mystery. "Starry Wings" has been published as Ebooks via smashwords.com (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/skyelotus), and is written for primary school students, from 8-11 years old, in the genre of fantasy. It is also about to be re-released as a paperback omnibus format.
At eleven I was writing Aim, my latest title, which is the book I am submitting to you today. I was fascinated with Greek Mythology at the time (Not yet having discovered Percy Jackson) and wished to write a book involving it, whilst further learning about the subject. Aim has been critiqued and edited by Stephanie Dagg (http://www.booksarecool.com/about-me/) and more recently assessed by Sally Odgers (http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com).
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Aim has already progressed far further than any of the Starry Wings books although it has been out for a far shorter period of time. Aim is fast-paced, filled with action and a mysterious backstory. Aim ends with a cliffhanger, and the first draft of the sequel has been written. Aim is approximately 27,000 words.
I write mostly to the fantasy/supernatural genre, with a fair dosage of my own opinions, morals and perspectives on situations. I'm still developing these traits as I write more, finding that as time passes and I mature that my writing broadens and reaches out to new problems and controversies. I believe very strongly in gender equality and as a part of that I tend to create strong lead female characters to inspire the other girls out there. I'm also starting to dabble in LGBTIQA subjects, which are very close to my heart, but this is with my more recent books that I have just begun to write - Aim has no mention of the topic whatsoever.
My intended audience for Aim is from around 8-12 year olds for now, as I'd like to expand this age group or possibly just focus on YA in future - but not before the sequel to Aim has been completed in all stages pre-publishing. I also want to convey in my writing that girls aren't so generally fixated on their love-life, as most books in YA tend to steer towards.
There are several authors I admire but cannot exactly compare to. My writing is my own and I am inspired by many, but I do not aspire to be or become somebody who has come before me. I took inspiration from Emily Rodda in my earlier years but as I have progressed I find that authors like Jack Heath, William Joyce, Rick Riordan and J.K Rowling are the basis for what I wish to see my writing evolve into - not a mixture of them, but a unique style that will come to be known as my own. I, in turn, would like to inspire others.