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.
Neighbourhood Watch Week will start with a sizzle — a sausage sizzle to be precise — at Sevens Creek Dve in Kialla.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
It was clear blue skies last Tuesday for the official launch of the Gargarro (pronounced Ga-gar-ro) Botanic Gardens in Girgarre.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
KATH Bubb has been recognised for 50 years of service with the Ballendella Red Cross.
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McIvor Creek – in and around Heathcote – has gone over its banks with all our recent rain, flooding streets and causing closures and detours.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
After a 30-year career as an accountant in Deniliquin, Peter Skipworth officially retires today.
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