By Wendy Hayworth
At age 11, sixth grader Kylie Wilder set out to write her first novel. Now as a seventh grader, Wilder is a published author already working on her next piece.
In Dragon: Rise of the Princess, Wilder tells the story of Gwen, a young squire training to be a knight, who discovers a long hidden secret. Now she and her friends find themselves running from an evil force that threatens to end their world.
It was Wilderís love of reading, writing, and animals that inspired her to write.
"I enjoy mythology and I love watching and playing with all kinds of animals. They helped me give character to Spectro and his other dragon friends," Wilder said.
Wilderís friends were a constant inspiration to her and encouraged her to keep going and finish her story.
"Well, at first, I wanted to write a long book but then after writing, I learned how hard it was and had to go with a shorter book," Wilder said.
Wilderís grandmother, Alinda Miller, sent the manuscript to her friend and owner of Two Trails Publishing, Carolyn Bartels.
"After looking it over, she was impressed with Kylieís imagination, story line, and thought she did a really good job, especially for one so young and agreed to publish it for us," Miller said.
Wilder has since written another book, Back Where We Belong, and is currently working on a sequel to it. Afterwards she plans to write a sequel to her first published piece.
On Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Kylie will be signing her book at Readerís World 983 NE Rice Rd.
"At first, Iíll admit, I was very nervous about the signing because Iíd never done something like that before," Wilder said. "Now Iím excited and I hope people will come to my book signing."
With her career as an author already underway, Wilder aims to study animation in order to create anime cartoons. She would also like to be a writer, actress, and a voice actress.
"I hope everyone enjoys my book and Iím very grateful for the people who helped me get my book published," Wilder said.