Emily Perkins is only in the eighth grade, but she has accomplished something most can only dream of completing.
She has written and published her first book “Vampires vs. Werewolves: Volume One” and will soon publish additional volumes for her series.
A student at Green Hills Elementary School, Perkins said she began writing when she was “really young.” Her writings began on an old Dell computer when she was 6 years old, recording her dreams and thoughts.
“As I got older, I decided it was something I really wanted to do,” she said.
Her father purchased her a computer and from that day on “I have written every single day,” she said. “This is something I sincerely love doing. I took my imagination and turned it into a book.”
She has taken keyboarding and is a good typist.
She actually began writing her book when she was 8 and finished by the time she was 10. That was four years ago, but since then she has edited, researched publishing options and possibilities and seen volume one to fruition.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many, but her favorite subjects in school are reading and writing “Math sometimes is a challenge for me,” she said, noting numbers and variables just aren’t as much fun as words and writing. “Writing is both a hobby and a passion for me. It kind of came natural to me. I had a wild imagination as a kid.”
While her book is fiction, it has non-fiction intertwined to give it added excitement.
“If non-fiction is the spine, then fiction would be the body,” she said.
Her dad, Jonathan Perkins, is also her school principal. And while he and her mother, Patty, are “awfully proud of her, I gave general advice but I didn’t revise, edit or anything on the book… I told her if she wanted to do it, then she needed to do it all herself.”
He recalled telling her before the first copy sold that if no one ever purchased it, the process was a wonderful experience for her.
The young writer was responsible for the summary and the autobiography as well. The publishing company was responsible for designing the cover.
In addition, she is being assisted by her friends with marketing the book.
“I never thought I would actually get it published,” she recalled. “I was speechless and in awe.”
Perkins went on to express her appreciation to the teachers who have impacted her development as a writer.
While being interviewed for this article, her father learned that the book had become available on Amazon.com. Prior to that it was only available from www.americastarbooks.net. Those interested can obtain a discount by calling 240-285-9638 and asking for Karen.
In addition to writing, she is a member of the Green Hills and Harlan County High School Band. She describes herself as a “mud lover,” noting she prefers to be outdoors 24 hours a day, seven days per week. She loves climbing, playing in the creek near her home and even deer hunting.