“As her coughing grew more frequent, she gasped for air in between fits. Her phone dropped with a loud clang! While one hand stayed near her mouth, the other went to her collarbone, the middle point between her burning throat and lungs.”
In what was her first writing contest, Lydia was amazed with her award in the field of roughly 200 in the competition.
“I was surprised, for sure, based on how many people entered,” said Lydia, one of four finalists in the short-story section of the contest. “It was a fun thing to see what happened.
“I have always loved writing. It’s not what I’m going to major in, but I’m never going to stop doing it.”
Her English teacher, Lisa Botsford, was impressed with Lydia’s award, considering the competition.
“Most of the winners for the Benvenuto poetry competition and for the Samet fiction competition were from Interlochen (Center for the Arts), so this is a huge deal that Lydia’s talented writing placed,” Botsford said. “Lydia possesses an authentic love for reading and writing that exists both inside and outside the classroom.
“Her writing tends to capture the gritty human experience that many people her age fear to think about and explore. It is exciting to see where her talents will take her.”
Lydia said her interest in writing sparked at age 10.
“I began writing short stories that are probably really awful now, but amazing back then,” she said with a smile.
Following in the footsteps of her favorite movie, “The Blair Witch Project,” and TV show, “Supernatural,” her award-winning piece is a horror story with a chilling conclusion.
“This short story is actually a prologue for a novel that I’m writing,” said Lydia, who wants to study accounting at Grand Valley State University. “I usually pull it from movies or TV shows, or weird random thoughts.
“I have the first two chapters written and would like to meet with a publisher someday.”
She also has an interest in theater, and was in November’s school play, “Clue.”
Fittingly, “I play a dark figure, which goes around killing people,” she said.