I’m 14 years old and live in Clearwater Bay. I’m in grade nine at Diocesan Boys’ School in Mong Kok. I like to read, listen to music and play the piano and flute. I’m in the school orchestra.
When I was young, I read a lot of fiction – Harry Potter, Alex Ryder – which inspired me to write my own. As I have grown up, I’ve turned to non-fiction books. If you only base your writing on reading fiction, it’s not going to make sense. I’ve been researching.
I wrote my first book, Scott Connor Death Game, when I was 10. I attended a few English writing classes and during the summer I started to write. It was a lot easier to write when I was 10, because I was still in primary school and had more time. But there were quite a few mistakes owing to my lack of research – there’s a big step from that book to this one in knowledge and vocabulary.
I finished my second book, Scott Connor, when I was 12 years old, but I had a piano competition so we put off finding a publisher until I had more time.
It was inspired by skateboarding. I don’t know how to skateboard but thought it was pretty cool. I came up with this idea of teenagers going through challenges. Some people think it’s similar to The Hunger Games, but I wrote it before that book was published.
It’s basically a survival challenge in a desert. Scott (the main character) encounters different obstacles, monsters, mental challenges and nostalgia. There’s
a lot of action. It took me a year
My mum really helped me a lot. I did the writing and she helped with everything else.
I drew the cover myself for the first book [which was self-published] and then we found a designer to do the illustration. With the second book, I gave my design ideas to the publisher. It’s much cooler.
My friends are very supportive. I don’t make it a big thing, my friends didn’t know about it until it was published. A friend who is younger than me said he wanted to try writing. Although he’s going to write in Chinese.
I would like to continue this series, but I’m really into music and it takes up a lot of my time. When I have free time I’ll write.
I strongly encourage other kids to write – don’t be put off by thinking that writing takes a lot of planning or resources, just write what you want to say.
Scott Connor will be launched on April 11, 6pm-8pm, at Dymocks, 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 9110. Click here for more information.