The Mind Of A Young Author

By Carlicia Britto

How has being the youngest author in Trinidad & Tobago change your life and changed you as a person?

Author : Aliya Blake

Book : Cliffhangers

Well first of all, when I first published my book, I was frightened as all hell. I was scared that nobody would like my book, I had major doubts about myself, I didn’t want any attention, I didn’t want to be seen or heard you know? I wanted to be known, but I was scared to put myself out there.
That’s actually where most of my anxiety came from. Being pushed into the open like that, applauded on stage, congratulated by random strangers, sitting at a booth for hours on end, signing books and being praised for work I wrote for fun when I was 12; it all just came flooding in all at once and I didn’t know how to handle it. I was already an introverted person, I barely had an established group of friends at the time, I felt alone and as if I didn’t know who I was.

But being pushed like that, with the encouragement of my family, my mom especially…I did it. I am so so so grateful for everything and so incredibly excited about where this will take me. I truly put myself out there, and not only in Trinidad. My books are international, so technically I’m being seen all over the globe and the voice of my stories would be heard in children’s’ minds, inspiring them to share their own story with the world.

I’ve been approached by so many kids, parents, teachers telling me that they love my stories, wanting sequels, requesting to come to schools to talk and read to other children, some even continuing my stories.

That is by far, one of the most awe changing moments for me as a person. Especially since I had first thought that everyone would think of me as weird when I say that I wrote a book for children. I would get anxiety attacks just thinking about it. I still do.

But whenever I do, I think back to when I was just 10 years old, inspired by the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books of all things, and excitedly writing nonstop the wild ideas I had in my head on paper; that’s the first time I knew I wanted to be a writer one day.

And then I think, that 10 year old girl would be pretty proud of how far she’s come now.😊
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