A Westridge youth had always wanted a dragon, so she created a fantastical plot for protagonist Allynna Eowayth, in her book, to ride on and communicate with this fire breathing beast.
Lameez Abrahams,22, launched her book Embers the first title of the Eowayth trilogy at her alma mater, Westridge High School, on Saturday April 6.
This came just days after she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape.
She takes a leaf from the Game of Thrones saga, adapted from George RR Martin’s best-selling book series into a wildy popular television series, which is back on screen since Monday April 15 for its eighth and final season.
“I always imagined having a dragon of my own, and now Allynna has a dragon called Axelle, who is mentally linked with her psyche.
“She does not want the throne. She wants to save people,” she said.
The 12 test readers who have read her book, all agree that it is intriguing.
While they did think that it got off to a bit of a slow start, Ms Abrahams explained that she wanted to introduce the characters and build their world.
“Once they (the readers) are in the world, the story unfolds and readers can get right into it,” she said.
She completed the book alongside her studies and holding down a part-time job over about four years.
During the last four months of last year she completed writing the second book, which she hopes to launch next year.
“The message is that the world is not a binary place. It is not just right or wrong. Decisions can be complicated and everything created in it is not of this world,” she said.
Ms Abrahams has been writing short stories since the age of 12 and in recent years has submitted her work to Wattpad, an online publishing community for readers and writers, and is selling an e-book online.
“I just want to get my name out there and know this depends on the effort I put in,” she said.
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