Budding author Lauren pens poetry and prose during lockdown
A love of creative writing and memories of having poetry read to her as a child by her grandad Chris have inspired Whittlesey student Lauren Vinn to pen her first short story.
With only her mum and a select few friends and teachers among those who have read her gripping novel ‘He Was The Sun’, Lauren is now looking to print and publish her book for a wider audience.
It tells the tale of a boy who learns to view life through an extraordinary lens from a girl who desires ‘normal’.
The story explores themes of love, friendship and grief whilst following the journey of a girl and boy meeting weeks before their 18th birthday, which is made more important by supernatural legacies and a decision that could change their lives.
And while Lauren, who is currently in Sixth Form at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, has written the words, her creative younger brother Jamie has provided the cover illustrations.
English A-level student Lauren (18) said: “I started writing the story at the start of the first lockown and took me around four months. I had so much time on my hands and I wanted to be productive with it – sometimes it’s difficult to start a piece of writing so this felt like an ideal opportunity to do so because it didn’t interfere with schoolwork.”
“There are reoccurrences through the story such as sunsets which I was inspired to include within it – me and my dad love a sunset, so this was a big motivating factor.”
As well as this story, Lauren’s love of literature and writing has also included writing poetry; a poem for a family member’s wedding and a piece about Covid-19 which she shared on social media.
Lauren added: “I loved creative writing from as early as primary school – it was always my favourite thing to do in school.
“I carried this on into secondary school and I knew I really loved it when I enjoyed the English language GCSE paper!”
Having confirmed a place at University to study an English and Writing course, Lauren says she wants to overcome her confidence issues with sharing her work, but with a good response so far aspires to take her talent further than just her computer.
“I have a lot of plans for future books/creative pieces and I want to explore other genres and story lines which I am very excited about.
“I hope to be involved in the creative writing world beyond university – writing and publishing is what I hope to do as a career.”
While funding her own printing and publishing of a small number of copies of ‘He Was The Sun’, Lauren says she would love to be able to offer her book to a wider audience.
If anyone can help, please contact her at: [email protected]