School pupil, 13, publishes book
Apr 20 2012 By Jessica Thompson
A 13-year-old school pupil has published her first book.
Francisca Darko, who attends the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in Harlesden, left her teacher gobsmacked when she announced the achievement.
Francisca, who lives in Cricklewood, penned the 188 page story 'I Lit the Moon' in her spare time after feeling inspired to write.
She decided to self publish the book, which is now available online at Amazon and several bookshops.
Her teacher, and deputy head at the school, Louisa Bonelli said: "It was a massive surprise when I found out, it is a huge achievement for someone so young, and to have had to confidence in her work to then go and published it was inspirational.
"She is a real achiever. A top student."
Francisca said she felt inspired to write the story after carrying out some research for a history assignment and stumbling across the beginning of a new idea.
The novel is about a girl who discovers she has magic powers after the death of both parents, and finds herself having to battle an evil goddess.
She said: "It took me a whole year to write it, I have written stories before but often I haven't finished them. I stuck with this one, and it was a great feeling when I realised I had gone past the first 50 page mark.
"I am really happy with it, and I would like to write books for my job when I'm older."
Francisca decided to self publish the novel with a company called AuthorHouse. A blurb for the book says: "As if having to deal with her parents' death wasn't enough, Payton is now a social outcast. Thinking that life couldn't get any worse she now has to face an ancient Egyptian goddess who will stop at nothing to kill her... Payton has some growing up to do and is about to discover some magic of her own..."
Francisca is a keen reader, and her favourite book is Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman.
She added: "My friends and family have been really supportive, and they are really excited about it."