Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.MONIQUE FREER April 18, 2014 3:27am
Fourteen-year-old Jaimee Linke will launch her first book, Leafpawâ€™s Story - A New Beginning, next month.
The adventures of two kittens have been brought to life in a 14-year-old Benalla girl’s debut novel.
Jaimee Linke will next month launch her book, Leafpaw’s Story — A New Beginning, the first in a trilogy.
Jaimee said she got the idea for the book after her beloved cat Dougie died in 2010 and the family welcomed new kittens.
‘‘I’ve always loved cats and I’ve got two at the moment, but I’ll have more when I’m older,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve wanted to be an author for a while but I also want to be a vet so I can look after animals.’’
The novel is an endearing tale about two kittens and their adventures, and is the first of three books that follows the story of Leafpaw.
‘‘It’s a story about cats, but written from the cats’ point of view,’’ Jaimee’s mother Lisa Linke said.
Jaimee began writing the novel in August 2011 and was so enthusiastic that her parents purchased an online course for her.
‘‘She was showing such interest that we bought her an online course that gave her ideas on structure, showed her how to plan, to make good plots .
After seeing an ad in the Ensign Ms Linke got in touch with Garry Baker in Deniliquin, who was delighted to edit and source a publisher for the book.
‘‘We hit it off with him and he did the editing. A few of her friends who are teachers also helped edit it,’’ Ms Linke said.
Although her parents tried to make the published book a birthday surprise for Jaimee, they needed her input in the editing process.
‘‘I was so excited when they told me, just so excited,’’ Jaimee said.
‘‘She was floating around for about a week afterwards,’’ Ms Linke said.
Having completed the trilogy of Leafpaw’s Story Jaimee is now working on several other projects and constantly planning her next creation.
‘‘I’m thinking of doing an epilogue to the third book, or maybe a prequel to it from (her dog) Pal’s point of view,’’ she said.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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