It was a simple but powerful message 15-year-old children’s books author Sierra Blair delivered to the Library Cadets Programme, writing is something anybody can excel in. The young author who launched her writing career as a 13-year-old now has two books under her belt in The Books of Roman Series, based on the antics of her baby brother.
The first, Roman & His Mean Family is available in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon, while Roman and The Pink Flamingos is available at the Atlantis Resort and at Ardastra Gardens and could be checked out from select libraries across New Providence.
In her first public speaking engagement, the tenth grader addressed a Library Cadets training meeting for future information and media specialists. The monthly gathering assembles public and private school students from sixth to twelfth grade. “It was such a delight to hear Sierra’s motivations for writing and her goals and aspirations for future publications,” said Dorcas Bowler, the Ministry of Education’s director of libraries for the National Library and Information Services Department. “Sierra’s timely presentation as a young author has stimulated others to share this passion of writing and illustrating of real-life experiences. In addition, writing underscores the importance of using one’s powerful sense of imagination and special interests to create stories that would live on in the minds and hearts of readers.”
Ms. Bowler’s strategy seemed to have worked in at least one case.
“I want to write a book to help and encourage young girls,” said Alidia Magnus, an eleventh grader at Government High School.
“Many young girls go through stuff I go through and even worse,” said the 16-year-old who lost her mother at a young age.
“I still feel like I’m a blessing in spite of it all. I want to open other girls’ eyes to come with a smile on their face each and every day.”
“It was exciting being able to share my experience with others who are interested in becoming authors. I’m happy if I was able to inspire at least one person with my story. It’s rewarding to know you made a difference.”